“Constructing and releasing floating lanterns in lakes and rivers is a very ancient tradition in diverse Asian countries. Often, its meaning is bound to death; nevertheless, it also has a meaning of being a thankful act; the lanterns are a symbol of luck, renovation and hope. At the Ludwig von Mises Library we want to take that symbolism to create a space where people share with others the pleasure of constructing works that are not eternal and to contemplate the light that comes from these works”, said Adelaida Loukota when announcing the floating lantern contest that will be celebrated at the Ludwig von Mises Library, of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, next February 13th of 2007 at 6:30 p.m.
This contest’s main objective is to stimulate the design and construction of an original floating lantern, whose structure is aesthetically pleasant at sight and, simultaneously, resistant to the environment where it will be released. We are expecting the participation of students, university professors, administrative personnel, relatives, friends, and any person who accepts the challenge, so that we are all united in this activity and we share our ideas.
The requirements for the lights are:
1. The lanterns must be designed and constructed by the participants, adapting the design of traditional Japanese lanterns and giving preference to the use of materials like paper and fabric. Prefabricated lanterns will not be allowed. 2. In order to preserve the good health of fish, frogs, and other inhabitants of the pond, toxic substances like oils, alcohol or other types of fuels cannot be used. 3. The size of the lantern can not exceed 50 cm in length, 50 cm wide, 50 cm of stop or 50 cm of diameter.The inscription to the contest is free and open to everyone. You are allowed to work as individuals or in groups, with a maximum of 4 members per team.
The inscription can be made by sending the required data in any of these three modalities:
Send or bring an envelope to Servicios a Usuarios, Ludwig von Mises Library, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, 6 calle final, zona 10.Send a fax to 2332-2620.Send an electronic mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org The required data is:
The name of the contestant (if it is a team, the name of the team and the names of its members)A small sketch of the design (in pdf or image file if it is sent by electronic mail),Telephone E-mail If you belong to any university or design school, specify which one.The inscription ends Monday February 12, at 6:00 p.m.
The jury will be integrated by 4 professionals in the areas of arts and architecture, including three Guatemalans and the Japanese architect, Kazumasa Yamashita, that will be temporarily in our country.
The aspects that will be qualified in each lantern are:
1. Originality in esthetics and design 2. Performance of the lantern: that it illuminates, that is does not extinguishes and that it doesnt sink in less than 1 minute.3. The quality of construction and used materials.The presentation of the works will be on Tuesday February 13th of 2007, at 6:30 p.m. underneath the bridge of the Ludwig von Mises Library, UFM Campus, 6 calle final zona 10.
The award ceremony will be carried out in the same place, that day, at 7:30 p.m.
About the prizes
A unique prize will be granted by the examining jury and a unique prize granted by the attending audience will be declared. The prizes will be donated by Canella, S.A. and the Fondo de Cultura Económica. They will not be in cash.