The inaugural Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity will be awarded on April 24, 2016 in Yerevan, Armenia. The statuette to be presented during the ceremony was designed by Manvel Matevosyan, a graduate student at the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts. He first began working on his sculpture, titled “To Eternity,” when he was a sophomore in college. In 2015 the young artist presented his design at a competition called “A Message 100 Years Later,” dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. He didn’t take first place, but was selected as one of the laureates. In 2016 the Creative Council of the Aurora Prize chose “To Eternity” as the symbol that best captures the spirit of the prize.
Manvel Matevosyan is pleased to see his work take on a life of its own. “The ascending human figures symbolize spiritual values and resurrection, inspiring humanity to rise up against the imperfections of the material world,” says Manvel.