The brand new BRIT Award for 2023 has been unveiled by its designer, Slawn.
The Nigerian-born artist – who has been championed by late style icon Virgil Abloh and Grime star Skepta – follows within the footsteps of the likes of Dame Vivienne Westwood, Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, and Dame Zaha Hadid in designing the award that shall be handed to recipients on the music bash at London’s The O2 enviornment on February 11.
He commented: “I am overjoyed and honoured to have been chosen. It’s an unbelievable privilege to have the chance to participate on this celebration of fellow creatives since The BRITs are an iconic, self-named celebration of British creativity, and a real testomony to the richness of talent-making and producing music each on this nation and all through the world. The BRIT Awards are a traditional celebration of worldwide expertise and a strong discussion board to genuinely mirror on the shifting nature of tradition and the contribution of individuals to that tradition.”
Slawn needed to the design to have each a “sense of refinement and playfulness”.
The artist determined to take away the helmet as a “hats off” to the BRITs for giving him the honour of designing the award.
He stated: “I needed to design an award that had a way of refinement and playfulness on the identical time. I’m acutely aware of the slim line I tread between typical artwork and the leisure trade. I needed to convey emotions of gratitude and celebration since I do know that alternatives reminiscent of this do not come alongside very incessantly for people like myself. The idea behind the sculpture is “hats off to you”. My determination to take away the helmet from the award is my approach of thanking The BRITs for offering me with this chance. I hope that seeing this award evokes not solely the British populace, however people the world over, together with myself, that these feats are achievable.”
The bronze award, which options three heads, has private touches that “commemorate and incorporate” Slawn’s roots.
He added: “I’ve created one thing that I’m extraordinarily pleased with that I really feel represents my previous, current and future. The location of the arms and the choice to have three heads meant that I may create an award that reveals a unique perspective at each angle. Rising up in Lagos I used to be surrounded by bronze sculptures, so that they have a really nostalgic really feel to me. I additionally needed to commemorate and incorporate my roots into the design. I hope that in creating this award that is simply the beginning of my journey in offering extra alternative for younger folks to understand that these achievements are attainable with the suitable help.”
Chair of the 2023 BRIT Awards, Damian Christian commented: “Slawn’s work is unbelievable and highly effective, and we have been blown away by what he has created – his design is daring, thrilling and within the second, and represents what we’re making an attempt to realize with this yr’s ceremony. We had been very honoured that he accepted our invitation to place his personal spin on the enduring statue and proceed the BRITs’ wealthy heritage of design innovation. I am delighted to have him on board and to have his work play such a distinguished a part of The BRITs 2023.”
The BRIT Awards 2023 with Mastercard will happen on Saturday, 11 February – the primary time the present shall be held on a Saturday in its historical past – and can broadcast dwell on ITV and ITVX – from The O2 enviornment.
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