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.