Versatile, sensuous, malleable, as basic as mud and as old as art itself, clay is increasingly emerging as a material of choice for a wide range of contemporary artists
In 1986 The US Open Trophy was ‘retired’ and is currently housed permanently in the USGA museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History in Far Hills, N.J. It is brought out for promotional events and displayed at the US Open. Instead of getting possession of the original for a year, the US Open winner is awarded a replica of the trophy, which they get to keep. On an odd note, the winner is then responsible for having his own name engraved on the trophy.
The US Open Golf Trophy Most professional golf trophies have namesakes. For example, there is the Wanamaker Trophy that is awarded to the winner of the PGA, and the Claret Jug for the British Open. But this is not the case with the US Open Trophy even though it has been around since 1895. This makes it the oldest trophy of the four handed out during golf’s four tournament Grand Slam held every summer.
Inspired Bronze, Inc. (www.inspiredbronze.com), designers and manufacturers of custom awards, trophies and fine sculptural art, recently created the ‘Oliver Award’ for the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. The Oliver Award is presented to approximately 200 recipients each year, who contribute more than $1,000 annually, provide exceptional personal or corporate service, and help support the organizations goals. “Inspired Bronze was selected for their creativity and artistic contributions, to bring Oliver alive in a three-dimensional statue award. Their customer service, attention-to-detail, and ability to partner with us to establish an award that would be coveted by all was exceptional,” says Scott Mitchell, Adventure Advertising, which headed the project for UHCF.
The details in completing your sculptural trophy, award or fine art sculptural piece can be as important as the sculpture itself. Sculptural trophies, awards and fine art are typically mounted to a base and, if preferred, recognition verbiage is applied to a recognition plate attached to the base or etched directly into the base. There are many “stock” bases offered from awards and recognition companies. Most of these bases are imported in bulk and are created in a one size fits all model. These bases can be stone, wood or pressed wood with veneers.