The Organizing Committee of the Summer Olympics 2020 in Tokyo presented the design of the awards, which will receive the winners of the competition. Gold, silver and bronze medals are made from recycled mobile phones and other electronic devices. A total of about 5,000 medals made thanks to the processing of small electronic devices that were provided by the inhabitants of Japan. The design of the medals for the Tokyo Olympiad was determined by a national competition in which both professional designers and students of relevant faculties and art schools took part. Among more than 400 entries, the work of Junichi Kawanishi, the director of the Sign Design Association and the Osaki Design Society, was chosen. “It is a great honor to be the author of the design of Olympic medals. I sent a job to the contest just for the sake of the memory of participation and did not think that she could win. I hope the athletes will find my medals a worthy reward, demonstrating their efforts, acting as a symbol of international friendship, ”said Junichi Kawanishi. A distinctive feature of these awards is that they are partly made from recycled gadgets – smartphones and tablets. Japanese authorities organized a collection of unnecessary electronics. Sports fans all over Japan were able to participate in the creation of medals. All five thousand awards were made from recycled electronics, which the Japanese took to the collection points. There were about four thousand reception points operating throughout the country. In total, more than 79 tons of faulty equipment were collected, including 6.21 million mobile phones alone. Cameras, portable consoles, laptops and computer parts were also accepted. As a result, 30.3 kilograms of gold, 4100 kg of silver and 2700 kg of bronze were collected long before the end of the action. This project was organized in order to attract the people of Japan to prepare for the Games, and also to pay attention to environmental issues. The weight of each award will be just over 500 grams. The design is made in accordance with the traditions of the Land of the Rising Sun. On the obverse side of each medal is the emblem of the Olympiad and the ancient Greek goddess Nick, on the back is the inscription “Tokyo 2020” At the awards there is also a traditional Japanese pattern Itimatsu from staggered quadrangles in white and indigo. From all sides it is framed by a three-dimensional multifaceted “vortex”. According to the plan, the difference in the shapes of geometric figures symbolizes the diversity of cultures in the world, reflecting the concept of unity and diversity. The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will start exactly one year later, on July 24, and finish on August 9.
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