Alina Chen, Vesa Zajmi and Emma Liu from the Girls’ School scored another win when they gained first place at the ‘Who is Rutherford?’ design competition organised by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Their winning artwork, which was created collaboratively over lockdown, was displayed on a billboard in Wellington.
The competition challenged students in Years 1-13 to design their interpretation of the Aotearoa $100 note by showcasing what they have learnt about New Zealand-born physicist Ernest Rutherford and his incredible impact on the world.
The team’s $100 note beautifully illustrates a hand-drawn portrait of Ernest Rutherford in the centre of an atom symbol. They include three Māori kupu (words) in their design; Ahupungao (physics), Ngota (atom), and Auaha (innovative) to embody the essence of Rutherford’s work. Their artwork is further embellished with unique Māori patterns and features New Zealand prominently.
Together Alina, Vesa and Emma have previously won First Place in a cartography competition and worked on the illustration for the production of Annie. They won $100 from this competition.