Best mascot design chosen for EXPO-201722 august 2014, 17:58
Tengri and Bouri have been chosen as the best contenders for the EXPO-2017 mascots, Tengrinews reports citing the official website of the Astana Akimat (Municipal authorities).
Kazakhstanis were voting for two weeks for the best mascot of the upcoming EXPO-2017 at www.expo2017mascot.kz.
On August 18, the voting officially ended. 3705 Kazakhstanis chose Tengri and Bouri, created by GOOD! agency as the best mascots. Kunsulu, Bobek and Ulan gathered 3198 votes and Kunsulu, Daulkhan and Tolkynai claimed 3019 votes.
Overall, 7 designs were set out for the voting. The organisers chose them from over 80 designs submitted by advertising agencies and independent designers from Kazakhstan, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Portugal, the USA, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Spain, India, Ukraine, Romania and Indonesia. The call for submissions opened in May of 2014.
The mascots of the exhibition had to represent the theme of the event Energy of the Future and have a touch of Kazakhstan’s national heritage. Tengri and Bouri represent a sun-like deity of Turkic (god of the sky) nations and a grey wolf.
An organisers committee will now chose from the top three mascot designs. The selected project will become the EXPO-2017 mascot and its designer will get a contract for development of the logo and other design elements of the EXPO-2017 held in Kazakhstan's Astana.
By Gyuzel Kamalova, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina