Award for Cultural Merit City of Valencia
Trophy design. Valencia City Hall. 2022
When we thought about what the shape of a trophy should be, we realized that a trophy should be thought so that it can be held in the hands and raised to claim victory. That’s why the big cup have handles. And thinking of someone with their arms raised, we clearly saw the torch and we liked it. Because it has the right shape and, moreover, it symbolizes light, the search for truth, knowledge, culture. And we decided to make it in wood because wood is a living and noble material, like culture.
On the other hand, wood is closely linked to Valencia where furniture craftsmen, cabinetmakers, turners, even the trade and distribution of wood from all over the world, have had a lot of roots, as well as the manufacture of musical instruments such as the dolçaina, typical of Valencian music. And why not turn different woods on the same torch? It is a way of alluding to the culture that is formed by adding layers, year after year, generation after generation. And, for that matter, why not make them somewhat different from each other, so that, always being the same trophy, the same prize, each one is different as each of the winners are different?