The competition, which was opened to all secondary and tertiary level students, required participants to draw something historical about Belmopan.
Eight entries were submitted but in the end 16 year old Leeworth Robataeu, a student of the Belmopan Comprehensive High School took the prize. Simeon Lopez, the Mayor of Belmopan, presented him today with a $500 cash prize.
Artist Leeworth Robataeu: “I am overjoyed because my work is going to be shown for everyone to see! I am happy about it!”
Reporter Emanuel Pech: “How long have you been in the arts?”
Artist Leeworth Robataeu: “I actually started when I was ten because of my grandfather and my father’s occupation. My grandfather was a contractor and my father as well. So, I go to different places with them and I see different buildings and when I get home, I try to mimic that design”.
Reporter Emanuel Pech: “So, it runs in the family?”
Artist Leeworth Robataeu: “It runs in the family!”
The next step, said Deputy Mayor Anna Banner-Guy is to transfer the drawing from the white construction paper to the southern wall of the new civic center.
“We are looking for an expert in mural painting, so we are hoping that we can get more resumes of people who have actual experience in painting on some thin go this magnitude and bring those in the Belmopan City Council and then, from there we go on to choose an artist to get the job done”.
Reporter Emanuel Pech: “How soon do you see this happening?”
Councilor Anna Guy: “We are hoping that this will be completed by the end of June. We are already getting artists coming to talk to us and actually bringing their resumes. So it is just a matter of selecting one”.
Reporter Emanuel Pech: “Well, that’s the idea. We want to be there when the opening of the Civic Center happens; it bring out life to the whole event”.