Making Waves

Making Waves

Patrick Nair, 20 years old, United States

Jan 9, 2018 | 1,221


During the process of creating my design, I thought a lot about the different aspects of the Argentinian culture, specifically Buenos Aires. I decided to design my medal based on the identity of the city as the gateway to Argentina. I created an abstract relief representing the motion of water in the foreground of my design so the user would be drawn into the background, implying the idea of a gateway. I also used the geography of the city’s relationship to the Rio de La Plata, which runs past Buenos Aires to the Atlantic Ocean. In my design I modeled the edge of the waves to form a shape that alludes to the coastline between the Rìo Paraná de Las Palmas and the Salado River.
The elements at the top of the design form the background of the medal. The three horizontal bars are abstract representations of sunlight that describe the spirit of the games as well as the Argentinian flag. The three elements symbolize the three stripes on the flag as well as allude to the Sun of May. I used three bars to represent that this is the third summer Youth Olympics in history. The parallel lines of this element also symbolize the Olympic track.