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“Nature’s Restoration Shelter:” A Helper for Mother Earth

Young Artist Wins Award in FY22 Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest!

Kayli Wong's "Nature's Restoration Shelter" recreated into a 3D model by university students
Kayli Wong’s design was recreated into a 3D model by university students.

What if one day you saw a spaceship-like creation, sailing above the city skyline, extracting various trash and objects while turning them into a new nature sanctuary? This vision by 14-year-old artist Kayli Wong from Bellevue, Washington brought her the Bronze Award with her “Nature’s Restoration Shelter” digital painting in the FY22 Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest!

A ninth grader at Bellevue High School, Kayli was quick on the draw to enter the competition after seeing it online with her parents. Already an avid artist who creates daily and looking to turn her passion into a career, Kayli combined her love of car design with her vision for the future. 

Starting with digital tools, this ambitious teen artist compiled a sprawling downtown landscape with various buildings as the basis. Floating above these towers comes these long purple octopus-like tentacles that teleport the trash and other waste up into the vehicle, transforming the waste to support habitats of the arctic, lakefront, and forest with an ecofriendly Toyota headquarters. 

“She spent quite a bit of time designing and creating this artwork,” said her mother Jongin Wong. “She wants to help people and animals with her designs along with showing passion and creativity through her artwork.”

Through her artwork, Kayli reminds us why we are driven to dream, looking to create functional yet stunning designs through the eyes of our youth. It is a signature of all winners across the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

3D Model of Kayli Wong's "Nature's Restoration Shelter" on display at Petersen Automotive Museum in Carson, CA through March 2023.
3D model of Kayli Wong’s “Nature’s Restoration Shelter” design

The Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest also inspired another exciting project that incorporates the STEAM approach to teaching and learning, combining science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math to guide student inquiry, discussion, and problem-solving. Presented in partnership by Toyota Motor North America, California State University Dominguez Hills (CSU-DH), and the Petersen Automotive Museum, university students create their own 3D interpretations of the contest’s top winning artworks.


Seven 3D Models Including Rendering of “Nature’s Restoration Shelter” on Display

Seven of this year’s 3D models – including one inspired by Kayli’s “Nature’s Restoration Shelter” – are on view at the Petersen Automotive Museum in the Rob and Melani Walton Discovery Center (Saturday, October 29, 2022 through Sunday, March 26, 2023). For museum hours, visit www.petersen.org. Three other 3D models by grade school artists are displayed on the first floor of the Toyota Center for Innovation in STEM Education, which is located on the CSU-DH campus in the Science & Innovation Building (1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747 – parking map and driving directions).

Through the work of Kayli and many other young artists, Toyota is proud to hold a contest that inspires children and teens to dream about the future of cars while using art to inspire others to make an impact on the world. Now in its 12th year, the FY23 Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest launched in the United States on October 1, 2022. Artwork by U.S. youth, ages 4-15, may be submitted online or by mail for this year’s U.S. contest through January 31, 2023. Entry forms for this year’s contest are available at www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/entry-forms.

Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan held the first worldwide contest in 2004. Nearly 90 countries now host national contests. All countries submit their top nine winners to Japan as entries into the World Contest. To learn about the World Contest, visit www.Toyota-DreamCarArt.com.

About Toyota: Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018. Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.