2010 Olympic Medals called “Ugly”
When the 2010 Olympic Medals were revealed yesterday, I’ve already heard that their untraditional style isn’t sitting well with everybody. Some say they look like microwaved frisbees, ashtrays, melt 45s and so on.
I don’t get it. What’s with all the negativity?
This is one of the best designs I’ve ever seen in olympic medal history. Well okay, I don’t follow the olympics that closely, and I do admit that I don’t remember most of the other designs. But that’s exactly why I think we should applaud the efforts of the olympic organizers this year. They have come up with a design so unique that people remember it and wonder what the story is behind it.
The medals feature contemporary aboriginal art and are undulating instead of flat – which is a first in olympic history. Their dramatic form is inspired by “ocean waves, drifting snow and the mountainous landscapes found in the Games region and across Canada.”
The designs are based on two large master artworks of an orca whale and raven by Corrine Hunt, a Canadian artist of Komoyue and Tlingit heritage. Each medal features a unique hand-cropped section of the art, making it one-of-a-kind. This means that every athlete that wins a medal will hold a piece of the whole design. The idea of community is behind this design, and I think that’s what makes it special and beautiful and worthy of the athletes that wear them.
Another comment I heard was that these medals were going to give the atheletes back pain! The materials used to produce the medals consist of 2.05 kilograms of gold, 1,950 kilograms of silver and 903 kilograms of copper. Well, I say the heavier the better. Danielle Goyette, an Olympic gold medalist, has said, “I think as an athlete, when you want to get the medal, and they put it around your neck… you want to feel the weight that it implies, the weight that it puts on your shoulders to remind you of the things you had to do to get there.”
So kudos to Canada for absolutely amazing medals.
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