The Goldsmiths Prize

An antidote to flamboyant geometric laser etched plastic and glass; the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize trophy is made of Rosewood and Pewter. The pewter, which is very close in composition to type metal, together with the wood (paper), represent two materials that are integral to the creation of a book.

The trophy was commissioned by the founder of the goldsmiths prize; the award, which celebrates "literature at its most novel", is awarded to an author who is seen to be progressing the form of the novel in an interesting and engaging way. Because of the focus on innovation in the judging criteria, the trophy itself needed to reflect some kind of unconventionality in its design. Many trophies don’t relate to the subject matter at all or do so in a shallow and literal way, we tried to honour the theme but to do so in a humble way that respects the fact that the whole event is a celebration of literature and the physical prize though important is not the star of the show — and accordingly it shouldn't try to be. We also put great emphasis on the fact that whoever wins the award will hopefully treasure it for many years to come, and it should not be overly fragile or cumbersome or something you need to worry about when celebrating one's victory in a state of inebriation.

The pewter squiggle is taken from The Life And Opinions Of Tristram Shandy, instead of describing in words the movement of a cane as it is moved through the air, the author Laurence Sterns traces out the squiggle on the page below the line "giving a flourish with his stick thus..."

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