Submitted by Maya Milich on Thu, 04/21/2016 - 18:27
PHOTO: The making of the Aurora Prize statuette
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.
Manvel Matevosyan begins his work. First, he makes figures out of modeling clay. The plaster casting moulds will be modeled after these figures later.
The artist prepares the figures for casting.
All of the figures are first attached to the same base.
The assembled construction is then placed in the casting mould.
Molten metal, in this particular case – bronze, is poured into the mould.
The mould is heated and then cooled in water. The plaster is removed and the metal figures are extracted.
The sculptor checks the figures for imperfections.
The figures are removed from the base.
In order to prepare the details for brazing, they are polished by hand.
The figures are welded together.
An outline of the statuette is starting to emerge.
The welding seams are polished until they are rendered invisible.
The metal is plated in decorative patina.
The sculpture is attached to the base.
The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity statuette.