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'The Earthshot Prize' medal design commission

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
London, UK

2020 — 2021
Design advisory by Gonzalo Herrero Delicado

Award design by Christien Meindertsma

Production supported by Royal Dutch Mint, Forbo testfactory, Kuperus & Gardenier, TUdelft, Laserbeesd, KWR, Tony Sloof, Urban Metals, Elephant Refinery and Overdie Fines.
Launched by Prince William in 2020, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history. For this consultancy project, I worked with The Royal Foundation team on the organisation of a private competition for the commission of the award design, including preparation of the design brief and research of relevant designers and artists, review commission agreements and assessment of proposals and budgets. 

The selected design by Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma is inspired by the iconic photograph of Earth that was taken by astronaut Major General William Anders on 24 December 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission. The photograph, known as ‘Earthrise’, was the first photograph of the Earth captured from space and is credited with helping start the environmental movement.

Each unique medal has been sustainably crafted from recycled brass sourced from water pipe fittings, household waste and minute metal elements filtered from wastewater sludge. The medal is presented in a recycled linoleum box, sourced from leftovers and made up of linseed oil, pine resin, wood dust, chalk and pigments.

When put together, the 50 medals create a complete shape of the Earth, representing the 50 solutions that will be awarded the Prize by 2031. More info here and here
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