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Canoeing 50p Coin Design

Canoeing Video Transcript

Tell us about yourself - and about the coin you designed
My name is Timothy Lees, I’m from South Wiltshire near Stourhead and I’ve designed the canoeing coin.

What got you interested in the competition?
Well I entered the competition because a colleague of mine had noticed it and he told me that it was on, I looked it up on the website and thought that I would very much like to have a try. My background is in sculpture anyway so I thought it would be something that would be very interesting to try particularly at the small scale.

Why did you choose Canoeing for your design?
I choose canoeing, really it was design led in fact because I had done a number of designs and I chose my strongest designs and just sort of narrowed it down and canoeing happened to be one of those. I have done a little bit of Sunday afternoon canoeing so I do know very roughly what’s involved; obviously I have not done any competitive canoeing but I thought it was something that I knew a little bit about and so it was something that I would be able to make a decent attempt at designing.

What was the inspiration behind your idea?
I had started off the design just on a purely visual attempt by trying to get dynamic lines which cross and work together and with the lower leaf I was quite interested in trying to make layers which overlapped so that it gave the appearance of depth despite it being a very shallow relief but that was the technical side of it, I think I had really been inspired by seeing some of the previous Olympic courses and seeing the canoes going down the incredible water courses, it looked absolutely amazing, completely dynamic, I wanted to try and capture that energy within the coin.

How does it feel to know your coin is going to be in the pockets of millions of people for years to come?
I’m absolutely thrilled that the coin is going to be in general circulation, it’s wonderful, I will be able to show it to all of my friends it will be fantastic.

How do you feel about being part of the London 2012 Olympic Games?
Well it’s a great privilege to have contributed even in a small way to the London Olympics 2012, I feel honoured really to have been able to make the small contribution that I have.