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tokyo 2020 unveils olympic medals made from recycled phone metals

all images courtesy of tokyo 2020
all images courtesy of tokyo 2020

lynne myers

following a competition to design the new olympic medal – and a call to collect used electronic devices – tokyo 2020 presents the winning design by junichi kawanishi that has been manufactured from recycled metals. for the past two years, the organizing committee for the tokyo 2020 olympics and paralympics has collected old gadgets from across japan to create the unveiled medal that is 100% sustainable and reflects the environmental aspirations of the global event.

gold medal obverse  all images courtesy of tokyo 2020
gold medal obverse
all images courtesy of tokyo 2020

the design itself of the gold, silver and bronze medals has been conceived to appear as ‘rough stones that have been polished’. selected from over 400 entries, the pieces envisioned by junichi kawanishi reflect themes of glory and the notion that ‘athletes have to strive for victory on a daily basis’. considering the international spirit of the games, the medals also intend to embody diversity and the idea of the world coming together as one for the epic sporting event.

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