Eco ‘pop-up’ book has winning tale

2014-09-12 00:00

A ‘POP-UP’ book created and designed by Grade 12 pupils Marcel Manikum (17), Kerwin Jachin Govender (17) and Nivern Govender (18) from ­Pinetown Boys’ High School (PBHS) has won the Woolworths Design Competition which will take them to next year’s Design Indaba in Cape Town.

PBHS is the first KwaZulu-Natal school to win the annual competition which had three rounds: in the first schools pitched their concept based on the competition brief — this year for a design promoting recycling.

Sixteen entries made it to the second round in which the PBHS Grade 12 team were the regional winner. Their finished product — a huge book in carousel form — was named winner in the Cape Town finals.

The ‘pop-up’ book titled Eco Rico, is about a magical chameleon of the same name who takes a young human, Ned, on dream journeys to various locations in South Africa degraded by waste pollution.

There is a story attached to each place that can either be read or listened to on audio. The book also shows how crafts can be made from junk and waste.

According to Nivern, most recycling initiatives are aimed at adults. “We wanted to produce something for children. You can teach young dogs new tricks.”

Julia Roberts, subject head of Creative Arts and Design at PBHS, said when the three came up with the concept she encouraged them “to either go big or go home”.

The three pupils are among PBHS’s top achievers, said deputy principal Dave Aitken. “But the fact that they did this during their matric year is nothing short of phenomenal.”

The winners will be taking Eco Rico to next February’s Design Indaba. “We’ve won a big opportunity giving exposure to our work,” said Nivern.

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