Art Medals

STER(VE)LING – STERLING MORTALS
designed in: 2008
commissioned: no
material: silver
size: 65 x 15 mm
weight: 150 gram
design: plastic prototype, paper banner, text Illustrator
execution: lost-wax casting, forging, soldering, hand engraved
legend: Latin text, different on each medal, year of issue in Roman numerals and the artist’s logo
finish: polished
edition: 7 unique pieces and one epreuve d’artiste (5 sold)
extras: each medal is accompanied by collage ‘Concordia MMVIII’
credits: casting by Peter Bruining / engraving by Daniel Houwer
This series of medals consists of seven unique pieces and show a carnage of soldiers of a variety of armies and eras. Every medal has a hand shaped banner going around and through the rim. Each medal has a different inscription, pointing out the symbolic flip side of the medal, commenting on war and peace.


KLIMAATPENNING – CLIMATE MEDAL
designed in: 2010
commissioned: HIER Klimaatbureau
material: silver
size: 74 x 18 mm
weight: 135 gram
design: paper prototype, computer modelling Photoshop and Illustrator
execution: lost-wax casting, forging, soldering, hand-engraved
legend: name of the laureate, KLIMAATPENNING and year of issue
finish: obverse sandblasted, rim and reverse polished
edition: 15 unique pieces and two epreuves d’artiste
extras: packaged in handmade, paper clay box
credits: casting: Peter Bruining / engraving: Daniel Houwer
The commissioner had one criterion for this medal: baby polar bears. The medal is shaped as a section of a sphere with a void in the middle, with baby polar bears on the slope. In 2010 ten bears were sitting on the medal, and each of the following years one bear was added. Each medal has a different pattern of polar bears, placed in groups or alone, depending on the nature of the company or person who would receive this yearly award. The reverse of the medal has a hand-engraved ‘Arctis’ line and the text 10°C (50°F) juli – isotherm and the artist’s logo. The rim of the void and the outer rim are made with a 90° angle on the slope.


GAT IN DE MARKT – GAP IN THE MARKET
designed in: 2010
commissioned: municipality of Haarlem
material: silver
size: 74 x 5,5 mm
weight: 108 gram
design: paper prototype, computer modeling Photoshop and Illustrator
execution: forging, sawing, soldering, hand-engraved
legend: GAT IN DE MARKT, 2010 and symbols of cardinal directions
finish: partially matted and polished
edition: 1 piece
extras: two euro coin trapped in medal
credits: engraving by Daniel Houwer
The alderman for finance and culture of Haarlem commissioned a medal as a distinction of honour for a businessperson in the Haarlem area, who brought the city economic success. The obverse is a map of the town centre of the city with the city crest engraved on top’ of the city hall. The gap in the medal has the same shape as the market square, where trade and industry began in the 12th century. The reverse is the negative, with street names engraved in mirror image. The medal is hollow and has a free moving 2 euro coin in the centre. The medal never made its way to a winner. The alderman passed away during the commission, whereupon the artist decided to keep the medal in her private collection.


GEBOORTE PENNING – BIRTH (OF A) MEDAL
designed in: 2011
commissioned: Jan Pelsdonk
material: bronze or silver
size: 70 x 10 mm
weight: 140 gram (bronze)
design: cardboard prototype, computer modeling with Materialise Magics and Illustrator, 3D printed prototype
execution: mould from 3D print, lost-wax casting, optionally hand-engraved
legend: most commonly name, date and place of birth
finish: sandblasted or cross filed
edition: no limit
extras: medal can be personalized with text and decorations
credits: casting by Peter Bruining, engraving by Daniel Houwer
This medal consists of two-parts. Together these parts form a closed circle or a standing cradle. The assembly of the two parts, from closed circle to cradle, symbolizes birth. The medal can be cast complete with text from a 3D printed model, or can be cast from the universal model and engraved by hand. In two commissioned cases, both sides of the medal and the rim where engraved by hand with text and decorations.


WIJ ZIJN BROER EN ZUS – WE ARE SIBLINGS
designed in: 2011
commissioned: no
material: paper or stone composite
size: 70 x 9 mm
weight: 14 gram (paper)
design: paper cutting
execution: computer modeling with Materialise Magics, 3D printing
legend: WIJ ZIJN BROER EN ZUS (phrase taken from Dutch song by Frank Boeijen)
finish: as printed
edition: undecided
extras: can be printed in most available 3D print-materials and with most 3D printer
credits: 3D printing: 3DWorknet
This medal is inspired by the way a Mcor Technologies 3D printer works. This machine stacks and cuts out silhouettes from regular printer paper. The two profiles depict the artist and her brother. The silhouettes were cut out by hand, by an unknown artist around 1985. The two silhouettes are combined in a merged relief, and one side of the medal adversely to the other. The medal was made with the Mcor printer, but the results were not satisfactory, which is a shame, because the concept of the medal was to translate paper silhouettes (old trade) to a paper medal (new technique). The medal has also been printed in sandstone, plastic, and bronze. In time the artist will try again to print this medal with Mcor, when the machine and software offer better results.


KOP OF MUNT – HEADS OR TAILS
designed in: 2011
commissioned: no
material: copper nickel and bronze
size: 25,7 x 19 mm
weight: ca. 20 gram
design: computer modeling with Materialise Magics, stone composite 3D printed prototypes
execution: plan: computer modeling, 3D printing, assembly by hand
legend: GOD ZIJ MET ONS (god be with us)
finish: polished
edition: not made yet
extras: the medal consists of five coins
This ‘five coins’ medal was inspired by the speculations about the upcoming succession of the Dutch queen and depicts episodes from her intriguing life, as imagined by the artist. The centre of the coin was to be made by casting bronze. The rim of the coin was to be made from the actual rim of 2 euro coins. The bronze centre would have been pressed into the copper nickel rim. The five coins would have been placed in line in a single box. The medal was the first design for the year medal of the VPK(Dutch art medal association). When the VPK saw the design of the five ‘coins’ they asked for a choice of two coins from this series. The artist declined, wanting only to execute the ‘five coin medal.’ For the year medal a new design was made.


IANVS SEMPER VNDIQ VE MMXI – JANUS ALL OVER THE PLACE 2011
designed in: 2011
commissioned: Vereniging voor Penningkunst VPK (Dutch art medal association)
material: stainless steel infused with bronze
size: 50 x 45 mm
weight: 150 gram
design: computer modeling with Materialise Magics, 3D printed prototypes
execution: 3D printed, infused, fired, polished
legend: IANVS SEMPER VNDIQVE MMXI
finish: tumbled
edition: 400 pieces
extras: the medals were vacuum packed, the packaging has no value after opening
credits: 3D printing by Materialise
The second design for the year medal of the VPK is a five-faced medal to show what 3D printing can add to available techniques in sculpting. The medal could not be released from a traditional mould, so can only affordably made in an edition of 400 pieces by ‘rapid manufacturing’ (3D printing). The choice of subject for this medal is not chosen haphazardly. On traditional two-sided medals, the ‘twin faced’ Roman God Janus is often depicted. To emphasise the new technique, this design shows Janus (face of the artist) with five faces, each witha different emotion. On the outside happiness and anger, on the inside sadness and fear, while the profile face has a level expression. The credo of the artist: Janus, show your true faces!


WAPENFEITEN – ACHIEVEMENTS
designed in: 2011
commissioned: no
material: silver, stainless steel inlay
size: 23 x 23 x 31 mm
weight: 60 gram
design: computer modeling with Illustrator and Materialise Magics
execution: 3D printing, lost-wax casting, intarsia, hand-engraved
finish: matted
edition: 1 x 3 pieces
extras: series of 3 rings (not made to wear), contemporary jewellery
credits: casting by Peter Bruining, engraving and intarsia by Daniel Houwer
The singular model of the three rings is the city coat of arms. The stars, cross, and sword as depicted on this coat of arms are incorporated in the engraving on the rings. The three rings recount episodes from the history of the city hall of Haarlem.
1. Floris V Count of Holland, text by chronicler Melis Stoke.
2. Hermanus de Vogel, infamous executioner, invoice sent to the municipality of Haarlem.
3. Lieven de Key, Renaissance architect, panegyric by Samuel Ampzing.


ONEINDIGE PENNING – NEVER ENDING MEDAL
designed in: 2012
commissioned: no
material: silver
size: 70 X 10 mm
weight: 100 gram
design: computer modeling with Materialise Magics
execution: 3D printing, lost-wax casting, hand-engraved
legend: see bottom of this page
finish: matted
edition: 10 pieces and one epreuve d’artiste
credits: 3D Printing by Materialise, casting by Peter Bruining, engraving by Daniel Houwer
This medal consists of a Mobius-like plane, that wraps around four times, and around text that measures about 70 centimeters in length. To give the engraved text a natural and well-balanced curvature, the plane had to be ‘laid out flat’ to make the layout possible.
I CANNOT GRASP INFINITY, CALL IT PERPETUAL, UNLIMITED, IMMENSELY OR THE UNIVERSE, I CANNOT GET MY BRAINS AROUND THIS BUT I TRULY UNDERSTAND FINITENESS, CORRUPTABLE AND MORTALITY, DEATH
IS DAILY EATEN FROM MY PLATE, I WOULD LIKE TO GRASP THE ENDLESS, THIS HERE IS WHAT I, JENNIFER HOES CAN MAKE OF INFINITY IN 2012 …


RECYCLEPENNING – RECYCLING MEDAL
designed in: 2012
commissioned: no
material: silver scrap, new silver
size: 70 x 9 mm
weight: 145 gram
design: experimenting straight with silver scrap, computer modeling with Illustrator
execution: forging, pressing, soldering, hand-engraved
legend: Couples are things whole and not whole, what is drawn together and what is drawn asunder, the harmonious and discordant. The one is made up of all things, and all things issue from the one. Heraclitus of Ephesus.
(text also in Greek) 535-475 BCE, logo artists
finish: polished, rim matted
edition: 1 piece, or made to order
credits: engraving by Daniel Houwer
The idea for this medal came indirectly from HIER Klimaatbureau. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is one of the targets of this organization. Using scrap silver and not melting and processing it would result in the environmentally friendliest medal. The only added new silver is the band that holds the scrap silver together. The scrap silver used in this medal, consists of small heirlooms of the artist, medallions, rings, necklaces, brooches – scraps with a story to tell. The text by Greek philosopher Heraclitus fits the technical concept and the emotional value of the scrap silver. His text fragment XLV is hand-engraved in Greek and converserly in English on the rim.


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SLAG BIJ WATERLOO – BATTLE OF WATERLOO
designed in: 2014
commissioned: pitch at the Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (Royal Dutch Mint)
material: nickel brass, gilt
size: 29 and 33 and 22,5 mm
weight: unknown
design: drawing, paper and carboard prototypes, computer modeling with Photoshop and Illustrator
execution: minting by Royal Dutch Mint
legend: GOD ZIJ MET ONS (god be with us)
finish: relief polished, field matted
edition: not executed
extras: special edition 5 and 10 Euro coins
credits: text design and layout by Dorothee Pape
This design made is for a special coin edition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, The design is a commentary, a modern depiction of the statue of a lion with a cannonball, designed by Jean-Louis van Geel in 1815. His lion is fierce, showing teeth and claws, standing on an artificial hill, looking provocatively and menacingly towards enemy territory. The symbolic Dutch lion in the design is meant to cast a friendly and inviting gaze upon the world. The cannonball is now a (foot)ball or globe. The artist has portrayed the king on the obverse as strong, fair and friendly, much like the lion on the reverse. The portraits are in semi-profile and rise up from the field, with the back of the head incused. To achieve this, the field is slightly tilted, leaving the design on the left half of the coin under the surface and the right half above it.


FLIP
designed in: 2014
commissioned: KENBIS (Knowledge Centre Bipolar Disorders)
material: bronze
size: 145 x 115 mm
weight: 650 gram
design: computer modeling with Materialise Magics, 3D printed plastic prototypes
execution: mould from 3D print, lost-wax casting
nish: patina
edition: 1 piece per year
credits: casting by Bogart BV
This hand-held statue of a woman (the artist) holding a sphere can be placed with her foot and knee on the ground, a reference to the Greek mythological figure of Atlas, the Titan condemned to hold up the sky for all of the eternity – A symbol for the depressive side of bipolar disorder. The statue can also be rotated upside down with the sphere on the floor, in that case the woman is balancing on the sphere as if she were part of a circus act – A symbol for the manic aspect of the disorder. This statue is awarded yearly to a person who’s doing groundbreaking work in the field of bipolar disorders, sciential or social.


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HEB UW NAASTE LIEF GELIJK UZELVE – THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THY SELF
designed in: 2015
commissioned: no
material: bronze
size: 67 x 11 mm
weight: 150 gram
design: paper cutting,computer modeling with Materialise Magics, plastic protoype, text in Illustrator
execution: 3D printing, lost wax casting, patina, paint, hand-engraved
legend: TU AIMERAS TON PROCHAIN COMME TOI-MEME, artist’s logo, HEB UW MEDEMENS LIEF GELIJK UZELVE, FIDEM XXIV
finish: patina, paint
edition: as many as needed to save the world
credits: casting by Peter Bruining, engraving by Daniel Houwer
This medal is made for FIDEM MMXIV, held in Namur (Belgium). The medal is shaped like a buoy, a reference to recent events in these turbulent times, with political and communal aggression and financial distress and more specifically, refugees drowning at sea while politicians bicker about terms and conditions for charity and peace. The biblical verse Matthew 22:39 is used on both sides of the medal, for FIDEM in Dutch on one side and French on the other. – A message to the people of Belgium who live in a country that has struggled for years to form a cabinet, due to insurmountable issues between the Flemish and Walloon population.


Jennifer Hoes is a renowned Dutch designer, famous for her 'marrying to herself'

KLIMAATPENNING 2.0 – CLIMATE MEDAL 2.0
designed in: 2016
commissioned: HIER Klimaatbureau
material: silver, bamboo, glass enamal
size: 70 x 10 mm
weight: 120 gram
design: computer modeling with Illustrator, laser cut cardboard prototypes
execution: laser cutting, scroll sawing, soldering, glass enameling, assembling
legend: KLIMAATPENNING
finish: sanded
edition: 2 pieces per year
extras: packaged in bamboo laser cut box
credits: laser cutting: Snijmeesters
The client commissioned a new medal – They didn’t want the baby polar bear as symbol for climate change anymore (first CLIMATE MEDAL) because it doesn’t represent the image of their efforts anymore. The medal is partly made from silver and partly from the environmentally friendly material bamboo. The medal consists of five layers that can rotate around a concentrically placed axis, reveiling images on the layers as you turn them. Each bamboo layer has a cut out laser picture about a subject related to climate change. The top and bottom layer are made from 2 mm thick silver, cut by hand. On the obverse the logo of the HIER Climate bureau is shown and on the the reverse the year of issue. When all layers are lined up, the text on the rim is readable.


WIJ ZIJN BROER EN ZUS 2.0 – WE ARE SIBLINGS 2.0
designed in: 2016
commissioned: Bart Duivelshoff
material: bronze sheet and wire
size: 70 x 10 mm
weight: 220 gram
design: drawing, computer modeling with Illustrator
execution: scroll sawing, riveting
legend: VIJFENTWINTING JAAR GELUKKIG SAMEN (twenty-five years happily together)
finish: sanded
edition: 1 piece
Initially, the medal was to be CNC laser cut, but it turned out this was too expensive, so the artist scroll sawed the medal by hand. This medal is built up of nine layers of sheet bronze, 1 mm thick. The top three and bottom three layers have cutouts that form silhouettes of a boy and girl and their birth dates: the two children of the commissioner. All layers have crenellated edges. When the layers are stacked in de right position, the text on the rim is formed by the cutaways. The layers are riveted with bronze wire.