INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATHLETICS FEDERATIONS MEDAL
In my second year of the HND Silversmithing and Jewellery at Birmingham City, I won a competition to design the IAAFs Indoor World Athletic Championship Medal 2018. The design is inspired by some of Birmingham’s architectural landmarks.
I wanted my medal to be a strong reflection of Birmingham, and to highlight some of the features of the City. My medal will be a memento of the City for the athletes to remember the special time they’ve experienced here. I wanted to design a medal that the athletes could identify with the city of Birmingham, with its unique, individual features and landmarks.
The design for the medals is based on three iconic architectural landmarks in the City of Birmingham. The three landmarks are the City’s Victorian Town Hall, the Selfridges building, and the new Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square. All are decorative, creative and innovative buildings, characteristics that, I believe, the 2018 medal should reflect.
The Town Hall is situated in Victoria Square and opened in 1834, following two years’ construction. It was one of the first neo-classical-style buildings to be built in Victorian England, and the design is based on the Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Forum in Rome. The Hall was designed to hold public meetings and to be a home for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festivals, which were established in 1784. Today, the Hall hosts a diverse programme of contemporary activities.
The Selfridges Building in the Bull Ring was designed by the architectural practice, Future Systems (who also designed the Media Centre at Lords’ Cricket Ground), and opened in 2003. The building’s striking, curved façade is comprised of 15,000 anodised aluminium discs, mounted on a blue background. The innovative design catches the eye, and its curves and pattern reflects the light and captures attention.
The Library of Birmingham, which opened in 2013, was designed by Dutch architects, Mecanoo. The visual interest of the building is created by a complicated series of interlocking rings, which overlay gold, silver and glass facades. These rings, which represent the City’s historic jewellery trade and are reminiscent of the Olympic symbol, cast patterns and shadows into the building’s interior.
Gold, Silver, Bronze Medals. Victorian Town Hall, Selfridges Building, Birmingham’s iconic Library.