Glasgow 2014 Medals

18 April 2014


I was recently a guest at the launch of the Commonwealth Games medals at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow - 100 days before the start of the Games.

3 Medals

And what a design! I’m totally bowled over by the mix of wit, intelligence, linkages and symbol of the transformation of Glasgow. I’ve never seen a medal with space in it. The Finnieston Crane was a reference here in terms of Glasgow’s industrial heritage. It also reminded me of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The medals were designed by Glasgow-based artist and lecturer Jonathan Boyd of Glasgow School of Art. All individually hand crafted over three days with a team at Glasgow School of Art.

The designer said he wanted the medal to relate to the athlete – that by seeing through the medal it will be symbiotic with the winning person wearing it. It combines the tradition of a medal with innovation, jewellery and personality and something precious at so many levels.

The design complements the Games logo, incorporating it within the outer circle and has worked to the highest quality within the parameters that were required.

It was an inspirational experience and sums up all the positive things about Glasgow and what it stands for.

George Thomson, Chief Executive

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