Kids nationwide reimagined mobility for the 2023 Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest. And one of the three Gold Award winners is Frisco’s own Kaavya Jethwani—who designed a very fishy ride with its own aquarium built right in.
To create her design, 10-year-old Kaavya incorporated her love of the ocean with a desire for a cleaner world, according to Plano-based Toyota Motor North America.
The fifth grader at Frisco’s Sparks Elementary School loves to draw, and it took her only about 15 minutes to decide on her aquarium car theme. But then Kaavya spent a full three weeks bringing her vision to life with vibrant colors and minute detail, using colored pencils on paper.
“Jethwani’s resulting artwork is a testament to her creativity and her commitment to finding new and innovative solutions to today’s challenges,” a Toyota spokesperson said. “By reimagining the traditional car as a colorful and friendly ride-sharing vehicle, Jethwani created a work of art that not only inspires but also has the potential to change how we think about transportation and its role in our lives.”
One of three U.S. Gold winners
Frisco’s Kaavya Jethwani won gold in her age category, 8-11 years. The other two gold winners were 7-year-old Mirabelle Gu of Pasadena, California, who created a “Magic Dream Car”; and 12-year-old Lingfei Coco Truong of Walnut, California, who created “Fun Zone in Traffic Jam.”
Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum awarded the Petersen Prestige Award to 14-year-old Ella Kim of Austin, for her “Ocean’s Magician” artwork.
Jethwani’s artwork will now enter the World Contest
This is the Dream Car Art Contest’s 12th year in the U.S. Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan held the first worldwide contest in 2004, and today 90 countries host national contests. All countries submit their top nine winners to Japan as entries into the World Contest. Kaavya’s “Aquarium Car” was submitted for this year’s World Contest, along with the eight other U.S. winners.
To find out more about the World Contest, go here.
To find out more about future U.S. contests and see how your kid’s creativity might find fame, go here.
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