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Tokyo 2020 launches Olympic and Paralympic medal design competition

 

Tokyo 2020 has launched a competition whereby Japanese nationals and residents of the country, aged 18 and over, can submit design proposals for the medals that will be awarded at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The competition is aimed at those with design experience, including the young and old, design students and professionals.

As a first step, applicants will be requested to submit their personal profiles and examples of previous design work for evaluation by January 19, 2018.

Those judged to meet the necessary criteria will be invited to submit designs for the rear side of the Olympic medals and for the front and rear sides of the Paralympic medals.

Creators must submit their proposals for all three designs as a set.

A Tokyo 2020 medal design selection panel, comprising members of the Tokyo 2020 Brand Advisory Board, former athletes and professional designers, will review all entries and select a shortlist of designs by April 2018.

The designers of these and a manufacturing institution will create three-dimensional mock-ups of the shortlisted entries, with the winner set to be selected in August 2018.

The new medals are due to be unveiled in 2019.

Tokyo 2020 has created a webpage for the medal design competition ©Tokyo 2020 Tokyo 2020 has created a webpage for the medal design competition ©Tokyo 2020

Japanese boxer Ryota Murata, a gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympics and the reigning World Boxing Association middleweight champion, insists the medals "need to last forever".

"A simple design that you never tire of is better," he said.

"The Tokyo 1964 and Nagano 1998 medals were impressive in that they had a Japanese feel to them."

Earlier this year, Tokyo 2020 commenced a nationwide collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices in order to use the metal they contain in the production of medals.

Tokyo 2020 claims it is the first time such an innovative and environmentally-friendly approach has been adopted by an Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee.

Between April and October, approximately 1,874 tons of discarded devices were collected by municipal authorities across Japan.

Over the same period, approximately 1.78 million used mobile phones have been handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores around the nation. 

A Japanese webpage has been created for the medal design competition, which can be accessed by clicking here.

 

https://www.insidethegames.biz/index.php/articles/1059382/tokyo-2020-launches-olympic-and-paralympic-medal-design-competition

 

 

 

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I know they plan to make the medals out of scrapped electronics material.

Nagano medal was pretty nice. Sadly the summer medals dont always leave that same room for creativity like with the WOG (the mandatory flying Nike will be there at one of the sides)

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Official designed been announced, kind of suppriced no body post this here yet ;p

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Looks simple, but they decently put actual effort to them compared to Rio once, which only had plain logo engravings

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22 minutes ago, Shadowriver said:

Official designed been announced, kind of suppriced no body post this here yet ;p

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Looks simple, but they decently put actual effort to them compared to Rio once, which only had plain logo engravings

It would have been nice if maybe they used a different goddess. Is that Triumph? Is their not a Japanese equivalent? I like the simplicity of the Tokyo side.

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11 minutes ago, AmaniS said:

It would have been nice if maybe they used a different goddess. Is that Triumph? Is their not a Japanese equivalent? I like the simplicity of the Tokyo side.

It's Nike, for Summer Olympics host can only design one side of the medal other one is standard and can not be change without IOC approval (they did exception for Athens 2004 when they change stadium to Greek one). It's also reason why summer Olympic medals don't look as crazy as winter once, as this limitation prevents total medal shape change and making holes, it need to. Paralympic medals obviously don't have that limitation but since it kind of sister event they as plain as Olympic one to keep similarity, like all other graphics and logos.

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Just to add (too bad there no edit function here) i think Bejing 2008 medals shows most you can do with this limitation, where they placed ring of different material on side they could and they made traditional very custom necklace belt handle.

Image result for 2008 beijing medals

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3 hours ago, Shadowriver said:

Official designed been announced, kind of suppriced no body post this here yet ;p

dd6bdaa287ab09eca899dab706176d93.jpg

Looks simple, but they decently put actual effort to them compared to Rio once, which only had plain logo engravings

I like the light motif of the medals as a reference to Amaterasu.

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3 hours ago, Shadowriver said:

Official designed been announced, kind of suppriced no body post this here yet ;p

dd6bdaa287ab09eca899dab706176d93.jpg

Looks simple, but they decently put actual effort to them compared to Rio once, which only had plain logo engravings

I wonder what will the Paralympic medals would look like.

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Simple but effective. I like the circle patterns around the logo, which I suppose are a reference to the sun and the whole Land of the Rising sun motif.

No one has posted the medals yet with their ribbons and case though, so there you go.

https://worldarchery.org/news/172956/tokyo-2020-unveils-olympic-medal-design-celebrate-start-one-year-countdown

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Japanese ash wood cases, dyed with the same colour as the Olympic emblem, will accompany each medal. Every case will be unique.

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A closeup of the medals, you can see the relief pattern much better here.

The medals resemble rough stones that have been polished and now shine, with light and brilliance as overall themes. They reflect the concept that in order to succeed, athletes have to strive and sacrifice on a daily basis.

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More than 400 professional designers and students submitted proposals in an open competition. Junichi Kawanishi is responsible for the winning design.

“I never dreamed that the design I submitted only as a memorial to this lifetime event would be actually selected,” he said. “With their shining rings, I hope the medals will be seen as paying tribute to the athletes’ efforts, reflecting their glory and symbolising friendship.”

 

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Medals for the Paralympics were unveiled today as part of the One Year to Go events. They are themed around bnoth the traditional japanese fan and natural landmarks of Japan.

https://www.paralympic.org/news/tokyo-2020-medals-revealed-hosts-celebrate-one-year-go

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Tokyo 2020 has marked one year to go until the Paralympic Games with several spectacular mass-participation events and by unveiling the official designs for the Paralympic medals and the Paralympic Torch Relay uniforms during a special nationwide TV broadcast.

The medal design is centred around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind blowing through the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds.


The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents the Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan symbolise Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, trees, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

To help those with vision impairments recognise the different medals by touch, a series of circular indentations have been included on the side of the medals for the first time in Paralympic history.  One indentation represents gold, two distinguishes silver and three identifies bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on the medals’ face.

As part of the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medals are being manufactured from recycled precious metals extracted from mobile phones and other small electronic devices donated by the public.

Sakiko Matsumoto, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Medal Designer, said: “I am very grateful that I could take part in these historic Games as a designer. I wanted to keep the athletes front and centre as I conceived this design. I hope these medals bring athletes and the people around them closer together and stirs a fresh new breeze in their hearts.”

The medal ribbons, in the Games’ colours of indigo and crimson, employ traditional Japanese design motifs of harmonised chequered emblems (kumiichi matsumon) in a design that expresses both the festive spirit of the Games and the principle of “Unity in Diversity”. Silicon convex dots – one for gold, two for silver, and three for bronze – are applied to the ribbon’s reverse side, enabling visually-impaired individuals to easily identify the medal type at a touch.

The indigo wooden cases are individually hand-crafted from Japanese ash by highly skilled artisans. The unique wood grain of each case represents the diversity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The circular case and lid are magnetised, allowing the medal to be displayed as if it is cradled within linked rings.

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