Delta Prize Recipients Awarded Original Artwork
Recipients of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding will be presented with an original artwork designed by Barbara Mann and Gary Noffke of the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art. The piece is a sculpture made of bronze, titanium and sterling silver that weighs almost four pounds and is approximately six inches by six inches.
In the center of the sculpture sits a sterling silver medallion weighing almost four troy ounces that represents the earth. The abstract nature of the land and water in low relief on the surface of the medallion aims to avoid the identification or predominance of any continent.
A mixture of Italian beeswax and hard wax was used to mold the bronze form surrounding the medallion, which Noffke marked with undistinguishable signs and symbols. A diagonal titanium pin functions as the axis on which the earth rotates.
The base is made of bronze, and the triangle-shaped ends represent the Greek “delta” symbol, alluding to Delta Air Lines, says Mann, who teaches jewelry and metalworks. The titanium ball on top is “a reference to outer space exploration, because the material is space-age — very strong and light,” she says.
The raised lettering on the medallion is unusual because each letter is hand-carved into the mold — the most difficult part of creating the piece, according to Mann.