AkzoNobel adds colour Guangzhou community in China
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AkzoNobel adds colour to Guangzhou community in China

4:27 AM, 5th February 2018
AkzoNobel adds colour to Guangzhou community in China
Mural in Guangzhou, China.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: Sailors from team AkzoNobel have joined company employees and residents from a neighbourhood in downtown Guangzhou, China, to unveil a special mural created by the winner of a student design competition.

Four team members from Volvo Ocean Race took time out of their busy schedule to attend the event when they had the opportunity to add the finishing touches to the winning design - which adorns the side of a traditional building. The mural design is themed around ocean sustainability.

Work on the mural started last month, when more than 60 students from Sun Yat-Sen University, South China University of Technology and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts used Dulux products to start painting the design with on the wall of a building close to the Zhujiang River.

Part of the company's ongoing global efforts to make a positive impact in the communities where it operates, this unveiling also helped to highlight AkzoNobel's role as a main sustainability partner of the Volvo Ocean Race.

"It's an honour to have been asked to add the final brush strokes to this amazing project. Well done to everyone involved - the students for their imagination and creativity and AkzoNobel for helping to make it happen," said team AkzoNobel's Martine Grael, who was joined by fellow crew members Luke Molloy, Chris Nicholson and Jules Salter.

"As sailors, we see first-hand evidence of the plight of the world's oceans almost every day as we race around the world. The sailing team and AkzoNobel are committed to raising the profile of the need for ocean sustainability and hopefully this mural will help to promote that message here in China," he added.

"The competition was a great way to encourage students to engage in the topic of ocean sustainability. The winning design looks wonderful and we hope it contributes to boosting the vitality of the city and the community," added Dr Lin Liangqi, President of AkzoNobel China.

"A beautiful city environment requires concerted efforts from all social aspects and we are very pleased to cooperate with AkzoNobel. Painting an ocean-themed mural in a coastal city like Guangzhou enables us to embed marine culture into the ongoing rejuvenation project for the traditional old town, ensuring that more people will experience the charm of Guangzhou in a brand-new way," said professor Li Xun, Head of the urbanization research institute at Yat-Sen University.

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