The Great Designers Behind the New Marathon Medal
Fasianos, Varotsos and Psychopedis add their art to Spyros Kizis' creation
A surprise awaits the Authentic Marathon runners this year. For the next eight years a new medal, depicting a pivotal moment in the history of this Olympic sport, will await them as they enter the Kallimarmaro stadium.
One side of the medal will be engraved with the stadium and the particular race each runner took part in. On the other side, there will be an image of historical moments chosen each year from the Marathon’s history.
Τhe Hellenic Athletics Federation approached established Greek artists, who enthusiastically donated their works in order to be part of the promotion of this major event.
Alekos Fasianos, the main proponent of the timelessness of Greek history and mythology in his unique contemporary way, drew the battle of Marathon (490 B.C.). This is where the story of the event begins, an institution of great symbolism and international appeal.
Alekos Fasianos spoke to A Magic Cabinet about the message behind the medal. "People are people! When we take part in good deeds and good sportsmanship we empower and inspire others to strive for the common good.The medal is not just given to the winner but to every single person who completes the race".
The new medal is the creation of industrial product designer Spyros Kizis, who also donated his services to the Greek Athletics Federation and the Athens Marathon.
Accorrding to Alekos Fasianos, "When we take part in good deeds and good sportsmanship we empower and inspire others to strive for the common good.The medal is not just given to the winner but every single person who completes the race".
Spyros Kizis told A Magic Cabinet that he had sent a proposal to the Athletics Federation without knowing that they were actually planning to change the medal. He had started working on his design two years previously, after seeing an Athens Marathon medal given to a friend who had participated in the race.
He designed the front part of the medal so the back could depict the work of each artist. He envisaged the two parts fitting together seamlessly. He used silver for the stadium and gold for the runners, who have «a heart of gold». His aim was to show that the Marathon is the only event when the historic Kallimarmaro stadium embraces the audience and not the other way round.
Spyros Kizis used silver for the stadium and gold for the runners, who have «a heart of gold».
In 2020 Hemerodromos will bring the message of victory from the battlefield to Athens with the help of Kostas Varotsos. In 2021 Yannis Psychopedis will depict the Marathon as part of the first modern Olympics in 1896.
Dutchcompany Medal Time will produce the medals, with enough space for the runners to have their name and completion time engraved. There will also be a collectors’ version produced, with the word «COLLECTOR» on it.
Every year, a different letter of the word «MARATHON» will be engraved on the medal so that in 2026, on the 130th anniversary of the race, the medals will depict the entire word in a special, collectable edition.