The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals
Yes, this my son, and I couldn't resist using this photo from his recent trip to the UK. Those are olympic rings, but he's actually not there today. Are you? With the Olympics as my target subject for today, I found this little story on the The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals, and wanted to share it with you.
Mine to Medals tells the story of the production of the medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, from the mining of the metal by Rio Tinto through the creation of the designs to production by the Royal Mint. The display features London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medals – shown here for the first time.
Historical context for the medals is provided by 19th- and 20th-century objects highlighting the longstanding links between Britain and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The Olympian Games of Much Wenlock, Shropshire, greatly inspired the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, and the Paralympic Games are derived from the games held in 1948 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire, for people injured in World War Two. The display includes objects from the 19th-century Shropshire games alongside medals from the 1908 and 1948 Olympic Games held in London, and the 1960 and 1984 Paralympic Games.
The London 2012 Olympic Games medal design is by renowned jeweller David Watkins, who was for many years Professor of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at London’s Royal College of Art. The London 2012 Paralympic Games medal was created by Lin Cheung, a jeweller and practising artist. She is also a Senior Lecturer for Jewellery Design at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Metals for the medals were mined and processed at Rio Tinto’s operations – Kennecott Utah in the United States and Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia – and the medals themselves struck at the Royal Mint in Wales.Choose From More Than 400 House Designs and House Plans We offer house designs in a wide range of styles and sizes. Some of our more popular house designs include European-inspired Georgian and Palladian homes, English Manor house plans, Tuscan-style Italian villas, French chateaux, and Colonial house plans. Our Tuscan-style villas range from 1800 sf to 13,600 sf. Our Newport Classics house designs are gentrified New England-style cottages that range from 1500 to 5000 square feet. Our starter castles, mansions and estate homes are designed in the grand tradition of some of the most impressive homes in the world. Please feel free to search our house designs or browse our photo gallery to get a sense of the many styles and types of house designs we offer. Our plans have been built around the globe, from Canada to Dubai, and one plan could be just for you!
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