Aarhus School of Architecture has announced the winners of the international drawing competition Drawing of the Year 2019. Post Human Metamorphosis was the theme of this year’s competition. Students from 45 countries took part in the competition, and the winners were found among a total of 124 entries.
The winners and the jury’s specially selected drawings, the so-called ‘special mentions’, were announced Thursday, 28 November, at DOKK 1 in Aarhus.
The first prize: Ruins Ring
The first prize of 5000 euros was taken by Wenhao Yang and Wenqi Wu (China) from Tsinghua University (China).
The jury had the following to say about the drawing:
“The first prize winner has made a remarkable drawing that makes us reflect on human values, culture and identity. By using well known references like trophies, teddy bears, sculptures and memories from our daily lives the drawing questions whether such artifacts will exist in the post human era or whether they will be forbidden – and hidden – in an analogue memorial tower like Ruins Ring.
The cathedral-like architecture with vitrines and shelves has a strong, clear composition, resembling a wunderkammer with its kaleidoscopic accumulation of objects. A very vivid drawing where one can explore times from before VR and AI. At the same time it has melancholic trajectories to Venice, the place for greatness and decay, sought by humans for its glorious past. Who are we without our memories and history, and do we want to give it up?”