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February 17, 2021

Meet Takashi Iwasaki

For an artist who actively plays with colour and texture and who works with a variety of media, the opportunity to design a medal that spotlights Manitoba was something Takashi Iwasaki did not want to miss.

Drawing inspiration from his own experience, Takashi, originally from Japan, but who has called Winnipeg home for almost two decades, has designed a stunning medal for the recipients of Manitoba 150’s Honour 150 program.

Photo Credit: Shih-Han Iwasaki

“Manitoba has always been a welcoming place. It’s the people who make it amazing, and for me, who make it home,” says Takashi. “There’s a certain harmony here, from the flow of the rivers, to the villages and communities that come together, to the stories that make up our province.”

The design of the medal incorporates elements of our climate, culture, history, wildlife and topography. Significantly, Takashi was very intentional about the design flowing off the edges of the medal. “The borders of Manitoba are only legal definitions. The rivers, vegetation, animals, people, and ideas … have been and will always be moving across them. I wanted the medal to reflect the limitless movement and freedom we embrace by making the design flow off the edge of the medal,” he explains.

The Honour 150 medal is a work of art, meant to be displayed, shared, and to spark conversation. “I wanted to create something more interesting, meaningful, and imaginative than just an object of commemoration. Just as the medal tells a deeper story, so too do the amazing individuals who will receive it. Their stories are infinite, and I hope when they look at their medal, they know that Manitoba appreciates them.”

To view Takashi Iwasaki’s other art, please visit him online at: http://www.takashiiwasaki.info.
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