|A foreigner takes a photo of a street art work calling for use of green energy, painted on a wall near Mai Thị Lựu Street. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|Viet Nam News
by Ngọc Diệp
HCM CITY — Graffiti and street art has become increasingly popular in recent years in HCM City, with walls of buildings the venue of choice for budding artists.
In districts 1 and 10, 10 winners of the contest The City in 2030 are showing their street art creations with themes about environmental messages, attracting tourists and local residents.
A total of 34 entries submitted on paper to the contest in June depicted the impact of climate change and the importance of clean energy.
The contest sponsor was CHANGE, a non-governmental organisation under the Việt Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), which takes part in activities and projects related to environmental problems.
Young people all over the country participated in the contest, including freelance artists, art and architecture students, and high school students.
The contest was organised by The Center for Action and Alliance for the Environment and Development (CHANGE) in co-operation with 350.org and the Youth Union of District 1’s Đa Kao Ward.
The 10 winners received funding from CHANGE for meals, art materials and travel expenses.
The 350.org is an international organisation that raises awareness about climate change, initiated in 2007, with millions of participants from 188 countries, including more than 10,000 volunteers in Việt Nam. — VNS
|An unfinished street art work about pollution by architecture students Nguyễn Lê Hà Vi and Nguyễn Tiến Đạt is located on Mai Thị Lựu Street in District 1. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
|Freelance painter Lưu Bá Lăng working on the street art painting "Clean Energy–Green Việt Nam". — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
|Three students from Văn Lang University paint an image that shows how pollution affects human health and environment. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
|The ART-TDT-U group composed of four students majoring in art from Tôn Đức Thắng University work on their “Sài Gòn in Me” street art painting. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
|Volunteers put a coat of white paint on a wall at alley 257 on 3/2 Street in District 10. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
|Foreigners walk along a wall with colourful street art containing messages about the environment on Mai Thị Lựu Street in District 1. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|