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Starfish mascot replaced

Saturday 19 February 2011, 01:41AM


The controversial starfish mascot proposed for Thailand’s 28th youth games has been replaced with a new one depicting a sea dragon.

The annual youth games will be held in Phuket from March 18-28 next year but the blue starfish design proved unpopular when it was unveiled recently.

After the design was rejected the games organisers sought new designs for the mascot and logo.

This week the Phuket Games working committee gathered at the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisations (OrBorJor) meeting room to make its final decision.

Phuket Vice Governor Nivit Aroonrat and committee members voted on their favourites out of five logos and seven mascot designs, including the "starfish-shap­ed" mascot and another logo by the same designer.

The other six new mascots and four logos were designed by students and teachers from Phuket Raja­bhat University.

Four of the new mascot designs were based on symbolic Phuket animal images such as the Sea Dragon and Leather-back turtle.

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Other mascots included a Phuket’s lady dressing in Yaya and an image of a tin mine master.

After the vote, the logo called "Pearl of the Andaman" designed by Kanya "Boon" Ruengjaruwatana, who also created the starfish-headed man, was chosen.

Kanya is a first year student of College of Archi­tecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai. Her logo has a circle depicting a Phuket pearl in the middle, surrounded by four colours of waves which represent each region. Inside the wave is a sea dragon image.

But for the mascot, they chose a design by Panuwat Sa-ngeam, an art teacher at Phuket Rajabhat Uni­versity.

Mr Panuwat designed a blue sea dragon called "Hai Leng" holding a torch.
His inspiration came from the shape of Phuket island.

However, the committee has suggested that the mascot design still needed work on the colour and the words "Phuket Games" needed to be added to the sea dragon’s vest.

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