The Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for this summer’s Commonwealth Games have been unveiled marking 100 days to go until the opening ceremony.
Unveiled to the public for the first time tonight (Monday 14 April) at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the medals have been designed by jeweller and maker Jonathan Boyd who worked with team of 11 specialist jeweller-makers at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) to hand make the prizes meaning each one is truly unique.
"These medals are the coveted prize that all the athletes coming to compete at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have in their sights – the ultimate reward for all those years of toil, training and dedication. Our medals are unlike any I have seen before and are a unique representation of the stunning, contemporary vision of Scotland that will be beamed around the world. With just 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony, the stage is now well and truly set for an outstanding XX Commonwealth Games,” said Lord Kelvin, chairman of Glasgow 2014, who spoke at the event. Jonathan Boyd added: “As someone who is extremely proud to live in the city of Glasgow and an avid sports fan, I am thrilled to be given this opportunity. I hope I have designed something that stands proud as an interesting and unique object but, more importantly, something that celebrates each athlete's individual achievement.“Each of the medals was handmade in Glasgow by a group of internationally recognised jewellers. This could only have been achieved at The Glasgow School of Art. It has been a wonderful commission both for me and my colleagues in the Silversmithing and Jewellery department.”
The special event this evening also recreated the medal procession ceremony showcasing the ceremonial outfits which will be worn by the male and female medal bearers, the trays the medals will be placed on and the specially created gifts the winning athletes will receive. The creative team behind the medal ceremonies includes designer of the wooden podiums, trays and gifts, Paul Hodgkiss and fashion designer Kerry Nixon, who designed the dresses to be worn by female medal bearers and styled the male medal bearers with the support of Harris Tweed who made the specially-commissioned fabric. The inspiration for the designs includes elements of Scotland such as the Isle of Harris and the parks of Glasgow. Shona Robinson, minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, commented: “The Games are proving a great showcase for Scottish designers from these fantastic medals designed by Jonathan Boyd, to the wooden quaichs by Paul Hodgkiss and the dresses for the female medal bearers by Kerry Nixon."In addition to helping Boyd with the medals GSA also helped develop the dress fabrics with the school's Centre for Advanced Textiles printing the Glasgow 2014 Official Tartan material onto the silk fabric.