This ostentatious piece was meticulously designed to illuminate the theme for Guyana’s National Child Art Competition 2019, “Celebrate and Co-operate for a green El Dorado state”.
It places empahsis on togetherness and co-operation among the heterogenenous nation, and therefore earned second place at the competition aforementioned.
The evident significance of the green colour on the drawing is Guyana’s forest and green economy. Oil, as we all may know, remains one of the nation’s most valuable resource that has contributed significantly to Guyana’s bright future and ensured continuous development of the country’s wealth. The mask of varying colours represents one of Guyana’s most colourful events, Mashramani, a festival observed to commemorate Guyana becoming a republic. It denotes “celebration after hard work”. The variations of Ethnic groups, along with the joined hands at the centre of the artistic piece, embodies co-operation among Guyana’s people, as the motto, “One People, One Nation, One Destiny”, is embraced.
This piece designed by Naomi Harte, a sixteen (16) year old girl at the time being, is now of the possession of one of Guyana’s Ministry departments in association with the competition.