Going for Gold @glasgow2014

Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Sometimes for my day job I get to do exciting things. Like yesterday when I was lucky enough to attend the unveiling of the medals for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

The venue was Kelvingrove Art Gallery and along with the media, dignitaries, representatives from the various sports federations and armed forced – they will play a part at each medal ceremony – I took my seat while a string ensemble struck up a rousing tune.

We listened to a very eloquent Iwan Thomas with contributions from Allan Wells and Lord Smith of Kelvin as well as watching videos all the while itching to get the first glimpse of the medals.

The time finally came with some amazing circus acrobats who shimmied up and down banners and flipped along the floor. Getting to the stage they unveiled the medals which are beautiful.

Medal bearers on stageAs Lord Smith said the medal ceremony will “showcase Scotland’s design”. I have to admit I didn’t like the look of the medal bearer’s dresses when I saw the official pictures. However, in the flesh they work well & are pretty special. Made of silk which was printed with a tartan design at Glasgow School of Art’s Centre for Textile Design they look easy to wear and have a beautiful Harris Tweed sash round the waist.


The podiums and medal trays are made from fallen wood from Linn Park, Glasgow and lovingly crafted by Galgael who also helped create the Commonwealth Baton. If you look closely at the photo above you’ll see that the gold podium is suspended between the other two and doesn’t sit on the ground. Neat!

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The medals are simply beautiful. Made by jewellers at Glasgow school of Art there was a 15 part process to make each of them and each medal took 3 days to create. If you think there are over 1,000 medals to be awarded you’ll start to understand the dedication this team had in making each one perfect. Under the medal is a tie pin; this allows the medal winner to wear it with pride every day if they want to.

Ok, so enough of my babbling, here are some of my other photos to give you an idea of the day.

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Well that’s about it as my phone decided to die on me 😦 Now it’s 99 days and counting til the games begin.

Find out more about what’s happening at Glasgow2014 and Culture 2014.

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