Press Release: Prize winning medals, visiting tutors and drinking vessels inspired by all aspects of West Dean College make for a busy time in the metalwork studio
Finn Banwell, Foundation Degree Arts - Metalwork student at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has won the silver prize in the Student Medal Project, organised by the British Art Medal Society.
The Student Medal Project encourages and promotes the art of making medals throughout art colleges in the UK. Each year over 100 student medals are submitted for judging for prizes and selection for exhibition.
Finn's medal design, titled 'The Test of Time', is inspired by the legacy of some of the oldest buildings still standing today: the Ziggurat structure. The medal, once constructed, will be cast in bronze, with one side patinated green to reflect age and the other, brightly polished and gleaming. A modern cityscape is projected onto a simple outline of the Ziggurat structure.
He commented: "I like the contrast; that although millennia separate them, they are part of the same lineage. The edge of the medal documents time as a single drifting line. This line acts as a marker of the time that has elapsed from the first buildings to the most recent, punctuated by events of global significance along the way."