The Lilly Medal, a beautifully designed piece of original art, is awarded to the winners of the Indianapolis Prize. This cast bronze commemorative medal reflects the commitment of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, which has provided funding for the Prize program since its inception.
The medal's design reflects the relationship between people and the natural world – fitting for the conservationists working to protect our planet.
Round in shape, the medal speaks to the circle of life, while plants intertwine to represent the balance of life for all creatures. The design features a shepherd, associated with watching over a flock, surrounded by plants growing upward to represent positive outcomes. The sun in the background is rising to represent the light that guides the individual to unselfishly help the cause of animal conservation.
The design was created by Rik Tommasone, who at the time was a senior student at Indiana University's Herron School of Art and Design.
Using Tommasone's finished artwork, a medallic art sculptor modeled in clay a large format bas relief master model that was used to make the dies that minted the Lilly Medal out of solid bronze using more than 1,200 tons of pressure. Each medal was then meticulously hand finished with a chocolate brown patina. The completed three-inch diameter medal features Tommasone's artwork on the front and a quote from naturalist John Muir on the reverse side:
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."
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