Sculpture Emoji Competition

  • Lydia Rachel
  • Ferren Gipson
  • Lauren Colley

We’re putting it to the public to design and vote on a new emoji that we will submit to the Unicode Consortium for consideration – it’s the ultimate public sculpture commission!

Just like there are different kinds of fruit emojis and building emojis, we want to celebrate the medium of sculpture by creating a new emoji to be a companion to the Easter Island Head and Statue of Liberty emojis. We envisage the sculpture emoji as an art complement to the framed picture emoji, which lives in the Objects category, rather than residing in the Travel & Places category alongside the Moyai and Statue of Liberty.
Full details on Art UK:
Design requirements:
Sculpture is a varied and diverse medium. We’d like your help in designing an emoji that becomes the universal language of sculpture  and can be shared by sculpture-lovers around the world. Remember that the design needs to work at a small scale.
  • Submit one (72x72 pixels) colour PNG image of the design. The image should extend to the sides of the cell (ie. no extra padding). The background of the main image should be transparent.
  • Submit one scale example of the design next to one of the following “reference” emojis: the elephant, scissors or wrench/spanner emojis
  • Please note that Unicode, who are the body that oversee emojis, exclude the following: logos, brands, UI icons, signage, specific people, specific buildings and deities.
  • Bear in mind that Unicode like emojis that can have multiple uses. For example, the sweat drops emoji could be used for rain, water, etc.
How to enter:
  1. Following the above requirements, submit your emoji design to by Friday 9th August. Include your full name and phone number.
  2. Our panel of judges will review entries and create a shortlist of the top four designs.
  3. We’ll put the top four designs to a public vote on our Twitter account.
  4. We will work with the winning designer to submit their sculpture emoji for consideration to the Unicode Consortium.*
* Please note that the final decision of whether the design becomes an official emoji lies with the Unicode Consortium. We will work with the winning designer to meet final design requirements for the application, including creating a black-and-white version of the emoji that is suitable for fonts.
The judges:
Cornelia Parker RA, artist
Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Rana Begum, artist
Tabloid Art History, social media collective