|Aboriginal Artwork for Vancouver Olympics Medals |
The Paralympic gold medal is displayed during an unveiling ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. The ceremony unveiled the medals that will be presented to athletes who win either a gold, silver or bronze medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympics. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
By: Jeremy Hainsworth, Associated Press Writer
VANCOUVER, BC.- The medals at the Vancouver Olympics will feature aboriginal artwork and no two will be alike.
The gold, silver and bronze medals for the 2010 Winter Games were displayed by British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell at a news conference Thursday.
The circular medals will weigh 1.1 to 1.3 pounds the heaviest in Olympic and Paralympic history. The medals are based on two large artworks of an orca whale and raven by Canadian designer Corrine Hunt.
Ore for the metals came from mines in Canada, Alaska and Chile. The medals' undulating surfaces represent the sea and mountains of Canada's west coast.
"We needed to draw from our environment and all those things that make up this amazing place where we live," Hunt said.
The unveiling was emceed by three-time speedskating medalist Nathalie Lambert.
"These medals, these beautiful pieces of art, are brought to life by the passion of the athletes," Lambert said.
John Furlong, chief executive of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, recently presented sample medals to IOC president Jacques Rogge.
"It was five seconds of silence and pleasure and the look of somebody who had just been given this extraordinary gift," Furlong told The Associated Press.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
October 17, 2009
Museum of Fine Arts in Seville Shows Duchess of Alba's Private Art Collection
Major Retrospective of Ed Ruscha's Paintings at the Hayward Gallery
Celebrated Works by Warhol and Johns Lead Sale of Prints and Multiples
Man Who Reported Stolen Warhols Waives Insurance
Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to Offer Rare Show of Paintings
Shepard Fairey and Steve Shames Partner to Benefit Orphans in Uganda
Erwin Wurm Turns Real Objects into Sculptures at the Lenbachhaus
Steven Charles Holds His Second Solo Exhibition at Marlborough
Kunsthaus Zürich to Show 'Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet - The Bührle Collection'
City of Dallas to Dazzle with New Performing Arts District
The Great Inca Road, A Spectacular Photography Exhibition
Rarity and Beauty of Asian Art at Christie's London this November
Sotheby's Sales of 20th Century Italian Art and Contemporary Art Realize $32,799,234
Museum in St.Louis Announces New Exhibition by Stephen Prina
Internationally-Acclaimed Artist Makes U.S. Solo Debut at Peabody-Essex Museum
National Gallery of Canada Pays Tribute to Kinngait Studio Artists
Sotheby's Four-Day Romano Sale Achieves $15,435,780
Aboriginal Artwork for Vancouver Olympics Medals
21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, KY Voted #1 Hotel in U.S.
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Mystery over massive Alexander the Great-era tomb unearthed in northern Greece
2.- An ancient money box containing a large rare hoard of coins found in Israel
3.- Robin Williams' portrait installed today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington
4.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announces three new contemporary exhibitions in fall
5.- New Aspen Art Museum designed by architect Shigeru Ban opens to the public
6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art launches 82nd & Fifth app in 12 languages
7.- MoMA online-only publication features new research on Pablo Picasso and Cubism
8.- Volunteers needed for massive Smithsonian digitization project
9.- Tate Britain welcomes home John Everett Millais's Ophelia and Rossettis The Beloved
10.- Bogart estate: Hollywood golden age icon Lauren Bacall dead at 89 in New York
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|