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Tang Prize medal contest finalists big names in design (update)
Central News Agency
2014-02-26 06:27 PM
Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) The Tang Prize Foundation on Wednesday named the 10 contestants who made it to the final round of a competition to design the medals for the winners of the Tang Prize --billed as the "Asian Nobel Prize." The 10 finalists are all big names in the international design scene. They are Japan's Kenji Ekuan, GK Design Group chairman and former president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design; award-winning Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa; Germany's Gunter Wermekes, a goldsmith and designer who designed the new Red Dot Trophy; Australian graphic designer Harry Williamson; and Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom, who specializes in book design. Also among the finalists are Taiwanese designer Chen Jun-liang, known for his use of Chinese calligraphy and Eastern images in his work; Italian jewelry designer Massimo Zucchi; British graphic and coin designer Matthew Dent; Denmark's Soren Skafte Overgaard, a five-time winner of the Danish Design Award; and renowned Hong Kong graphic designer Kan Tai-keung. "I hope to use my creativity and understanding of Chinese culture to design a medal that embodies the spirit of the Tang Prize," Kan, who is dubbed Hong Kong's "father of graphic design," said in a video. Overgaard, CEO of e-Types Group, said his team believes that the Tang Prize "is about how knowledge and science that can connect people across borders." Therefore, in their design, they will combine Scandinavian graphic design, typography design and the belief that "less is more," with the ideals and values of the Tang Prize, Overgaard said in the video. A total of 61 designers from 15 countries entered the International Invitational Tang Prize Medal Design Competition, and the finalists were selected after several rounds of reviews on Feb. 10. The results were not made public until Wednesday. In the final round of the competition in May, the selected designers will present a medal design for each of the four categories of the Tang Prize: sustainable development, biomedicine, Sinology and rule of law. The 6.6-centimeter-diameter medals will be made of pure gold and will be manufactured by Taiwan's Central Mint. An award ceremony will be held on May 22 to announce the winning designer, who will be awarded US$500,000. The other nine finalists will get US$50,000 each. Chen Wen-long, a member of the five-judge panel and CEO of the Taiwan Design Center, which is co-organizing the contest with the Tang Prize Foundation, said he believes that the winning designs will be outstanding as all of the finalists are prominent figures in their respective fields. Tang Prize Foundation CEO Chern Jenn-chuan, who is also on the judges' panel, said his foundation has organized the competition with the hope of boosting the competitiveness of Taiwan's design and cultural and creative industries. It is also aimed at promoting the Tang Prize to the world, he said. The Tang Prize, established by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin in December 2012, seeks to honor top researchers in the four fields. Winners of the prize will be announced on June 18, with the award ceremony taking place three months later on Sept. 18. Up to three winners will share a cash prize of NT$50 million (US$1.65 million) for each category. (By Christie Chen)
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