Organisers mark 100 days to the Commonwealth Games by revealing the gold, silver and bronze prizes up for grabs
Glasgow 2014 organisers have unveiled the Commonwealth Games medals that 4500 athletes will be competing for in the Scottish city this summer.
The gold, silver and bronze prizes were revealed at an event at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow to mark the 100 days to go milestone.
The design team, which included jeweller Jonathan Boyd and eleven specialist jewellery makers working at the Glasgow School of Art, drew inspiration for the medal design from many elements of Scotland, from the Isle of Harris to the parks of Glasgow.
At the medal reveal there was also a recreation of the medal procession ceremony showing the ceremonial outfits to be worn by the male and female medal bearers, the trays the medals will be placed in and specially created gifts which will be given to the winning athletes.
Paul Hodgkiss designed the wooden podiums, trays and gifts, while fashion designer Kerry Nixon designed the dresses worn by the female medal bearers and styled the male medal bearers with the support of Harris Tweed who made the specially-commissioned fabric.
“It is fantastic to see the medals for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games revealed,” commented Shona Robison, minister for Commonwealth Games and sport. “They look absolutely stunning and I’m sure that all the athletes who have worked so hard to get here and compete will be honoured to receive one of these medals.
“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.
“We are celebrating 100 days to go today before we are host to the largest sporting and cultural event ever seen in Scotland. The final pieces are all coming together as we get ready to deliver the best Games ever and to showcase Scotland on a global stage. ”
Boyd added: “It’s a real honour to have been invited to design the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games medals. 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.”