THE SHAW PRIZE TROPHY FOR ASTRONOMY, LIFE SCIENCES AND MATHMATICS
Looking glass as trophy for scientific achievement
First prize, International Competition, 2003
Scientific discovery, like cinema, is built upon the power of vision. Both disciplines tell the human story by uncovering the complexity of simplicity in the world around us; offering new or alternate ways of seeing as a looking glass of human endeavor.
The concept of a “container of vision” for the Shaw Prize trophy transforms the principle of the kaleidoscope into a looking glass device, an open tool for seeing that invites interaction. Pedestal free, the looking glass sits within a picture frame as a new horizon for forward vision. As science impacts the everyday, common materials- wood, aluminum and black marble- are chosen to represent Medicine & Life Sciences, Mathematics and Astronomy respectively. The Shaw Prize trophy is made up of a prism bar encased in a clear tempered glass tube, with a fish eye lens and an eyepiece at each end. The image as viewed through the looking glass is captured as the logo for the Shaw Prize Foundation.