Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea

Mask Yourself With Recycled Waste Competition!

23/12/2020 - 10:35
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"This mask is made from upcycled plastic bottles and its shape is inspired by clusters of sea anemone. Our overuse of plastic has polluted the soil and the oceans." Actor Ryu Jun-yeol, Artist Lee Jee Young's POSEIDON

“Now my mask to me is what wings are to birds, the key factor that enables my freedom.” Lumico’s THE BIRD

Are you a climate conscious artist interested in protecting our environment?

Do you believe that art and creativity can be a bridge between scientific warning and climate actions?

At a time when temperatures continue to break records and extreme weather are on the increase, the Paris climate agreement is more essential than ever.

The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea together with the Art of Change 21 (  is holding a “create your own mask from recycled trash” competition to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement (adopted at COP21).


Each mask is a personal creation, made from recovered and recycled materials. Each mask-creation is unique because it communicates its creator’s message in the face of the environmental crisis.

Mobilise your creativity as artists on the link between health and the environment and the action that you believe should be implemented in this respect! They may encompass many issues such as, fighting air pollution, taking determined action against global warming, promoting renewable energy and low-carbon societies, carrying out reforestation project, protecting biodiversity or preventing pandemics originating from animals… 

Creating your mask means unleashing your creativity, discovering the circular economy in a fun way and expressing yourself in favour of sustainable development, ecology and against climate change!

All you have to do is to make a mask creatively and ecologically, with your own hands, using recycled waste or even via digital creation. Put all your artistic, ecological and technical know-how into your mask.

Then take a picture of yourself wearing the mask with descriptions!

  • Submission Period: 24 December 2020 – 31 January 2021
  • Who can apply?: Anyone who resides in the Republic of Korea and is interested in climate/environment issues
  • How to apply?: Only 2 steps to submit your work to us

1- Take a picture in front of a solid and uniform background in landscape format, frame your face and don’t cover your eyes with your own mask on!

2- Send your mask in photo or video to Opt for a minimum definition of 300 DPI and less than 5 MB, for optimal viewing! In the email, give a title to your mask and explain its meaning in a few words (subject, purpose, manufacturing process…). Don’t forget to state your contact information too!

Screening Process: The panel consists of the EU Ambassador to Korea, the French Ambassador to Korea and the staff of the EU Delegation to Korea and the Embassy of France in Korea

  • Winner Announcement: 17 February 2021
  • Prize for the winner: The latest iPad Pro with Apple Pencil (TBC) & Publication of the Mask in the online gallery of Maskbook (  

The winning mask will be used in promotional materials of the EU Delegation to the RoK for the next 1 year.


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