The new Pollution Probe Environmental and Sustainable Development Award will be presented to His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at the “Catalysts of Innovation” gala ceremony at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, in Toronto on November 23, 2011
Pollution Probe has commissioned the artist to create this new award, which will convey the vision and leadership qualities of the annual recipients, and the values of Pollution Probe as a leading Canadian environmental not‐for‐profit group dedicated to achieving positive, tangible environmental change through its research, education and advocacy programs. Pollution Probe has an active program focused on automobile fuel efficiency, freight movement, Public transit, electric vehicles and consumer reaction.
The two-piece crystal sculpture entitled “Clarity of Vision” represents three cornerstone values of Pollution Probe, as a foundation of knowledge with an inclusive environment for cooperation and the focus to find innovative sustainable solutions.
“Mark has created a beautiful, iconic award that captures exactly what Pollution Probe is about. We are delighted that it will always be an integral part of the Pollution Probe Gala” commented Christopher Hilkene, Chair, 2011 Pollution Probe “Catalysts of Innovation” Gala.
“What impresses me is that Mark really understood our vision for the award and exceeded our expectations in reflecting that vision and our values in the crystal sculpture” said Bob Oliver, President and CEO and President, Pollution Probe.
The crystal sculpture sits upon a black custom base made from Aquatimber – 100 year old reclaimed timber from the bottom of Georgian Bay, and as the sculpture rotates engraved lines multiply creating their own alchemy within the crystal representative of the many environmental issues we face on the planet. The lines appear to touch the edge of the large polished dimple symbolic of the earth. As the sculpture rotates further the lines dissipate completely revealing an untouched smaller polished dimple symbolic of the clarity of vision required in successfully realizing the most sustainable “green” solution.
“It is an honor for me to create this new award for Pollution Probe, an organization which continually delivers sustainable solutions to environmental issues across Canada. I have tremendous respect for the work they do and wanted to create an award which truly conveyed their message. This two-piece sculpture allowed me to communicate this story by using the refractive properties of the optical crystal in an innovative way” commented Raynes Roberts.
Mark Raynes Roberts is also the creator of the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards and is currently developing the GLASSLANDS Collection a proposed outdoor art collection focused on sustainability education.
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