The Medal of Honor
The design is complete! Well, sort of. The spirit is a go and the concept is here. I’m in the process of working with Strings to make this an actual medal to be awarded to volunteer defenders of children.
These are the two designs we are discussing (yes, they are dark but won’t be so much in the end):
The shield and sword are Viking design (I’ll get to that in a moment), the central bow is the Child’s Purple Heart I designed several years ago, and the tone is in consideration with the bronze metal that will be used for the physical award (thus the darkness because I don’t know how dark bronze is supposed to look).
I designed the wingless version first. After re-reading the spirit I composed for the award, I realized it was missing the idea of wings. Hence, the second version. However, I’m not sure how this will translate to the real medal, which is what Strings is currently playing around with in wax mold.
Every thing I design has meaning – from the shape to the color and the cultural history, itself. Being that I am proud of my noble Viking heritage, and in the spirit of awarding children, survivors, and defenders with a symbol awarded to combatants and victims of war, I chose such items in that respect. The wings can be viewed as the Christian guardian angel or the Valkyrie. It makes no difference to me, as long as the wings are seen as the softer side of what we do: the compassion, tenderness, understanding, and love of the child and the innocence we fight so hard to protect.
I have written this short descriptive for all those honored with this award:
Jeg er guardian angel til den uskyldige, hevn til de skyldige
Compassion, Protection, Self-Sacrifice
I am guardian angel to the innocent, vengeance to the guilty.
I will have the three words around the medal when awarding to online entities, but it is agreed that on the medal will make it too busy.
As you can see, I’ve opted to only have the purple heart in color. The color-block bow is for children. This symbol on this medal is for the adult protectors and represents them as such.
If anyone has any ideas, suggestions, constructive criticism, or praise, please feel free to leave your comment. Indicate it is private if you wish not to share with the public.
Keep in mind that this design may not be final and is reflective of how it will look in bronze metal form. Any changes, however, will be minimal and will not adversely affect the copyright I have turned in to the Library of Congress. I wanted to let you guys know the progress and get any helpful input before any final decision is made, and I will be posting a follow-up when the piece is complete.
In addition to this award, which will be granted to people and organizations who have gone above and beyond to defend abused children – sexual and non-sexual, speak when they could not, and protect the laws abusers work so hard to break down, I have offered BACA the use of the Child’s Purple Heart to be made into a small pin and distributed to the children under their wing.
I will have a new post about this as soon as the agreed upon finalization comes to pass. It is my design, yes, but I am not a medalsmith and know nothing of how feesable any design might be or how the cost of production is affected by design. That is why I am working with Strings, who has been such an incredible help in all this – the design process as well as how we can get these to the defenders and the children. I’d like to thank him, too, for suggesting the Child’s Purple Heart be offered to BACA children. I was deeply touched for his idea and honored to do so.