In our last news post, we reported about the city of Providence, RI winning the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge. Besides raking in the $5M top prize money, Providence can now also marvel at another perk that comes with winning the Grand Prize: a stunningly beautiful award trophy designed by acclaimed Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.
The award is a spherical model formed by three concentric circles – square, circle, and dodecagon – encircling a hanging compass. To design the award, Eliasson drew inspiration from the very spirit of The Mayors Challenge – fueling ideas and innovation for a better tomorrow for cities everywhere. No matter where the prize is placed or located, the compasses will point the same way – assisting viewers and uniting the prize winners in imagining their collective responsibility to navigate towards the greater good for all.
The Grand Prize award trophy will be installed at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.
The other four cities that were chosen as Mayors Challenge winners (Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Santa Monica) will receive an award trophy identical in design but in mat black.