The designs of the Zaha Hadid-created statuettes to be handed out at this year’s BRIT Awards have been unveiled. One of Hadid’s final commissions before her death this March, the design consists of a family of 5 interrelated trophies take the form of abstracted female figures representing diversity. One of those family members, meant to represent Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, will be awarded to musicians for their victories in the BRIT Awards ceremony this February.
“Zaha was truly excited to be doing this,” remarked Kutay at the concept unveiling last month. “Her vision was, being an architect, to focus our efforts more on the 3D element, as the statue had previously been used as a canvas for artists to paint on for the last few years. Our design expresses Zaha’s unwavering belief in progress and optimism for the future and a break from the norm. The biggest challenge was to create something different within certain guidelines, yet achieving a result recognisable to the public. You have to respect the existing to create something new.”
"We are delighted with the finished statues,” said Brit Awards chairman Jason Iley. "Like Zaha, they are innovative and original and have gone well beyond our expectations to create something special that will progress the award into the future."
Previous designers of BRIT Awards statuettes have included artists Artists Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake.