Swedish Cancer Society Trophy by Claesson Koivisto Rune

January 19, 2018

Swedish Cancer Society Trophy:  The Cancer Researcher of the Year trophy comprises a base made from green Swedish marble with sterling silver rings stacked on top, designed by Swedish architects and designers Claesson Koivisto Rune, . The trophy was presented for the first time to 2016’s best cancer researcher at the ’No to Cancer’ TV gala event.

Now in its third year, the trophy is gaining poise as successive rings are added to the trophy. Mårten Claesson of Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects explains the idea behind the design: ”We suggested a trophy rather than a medal. A piece with significant physical presence, with the
researchers name engraved on it that would be passed on to a new recipient the following year. Furthermore, the trophy will expand by one ring every year. Our analogy was about each new award winner standing on the shoulders of the previous winner and, in fact, all the preceding researchers.”

Continuing to explain, Claesson says- ”Effective cancer research now has a history of about 50 years. During this period the mortality rate has
gone down by approximately 50%. An astonishing achievement, thanks to research. Our reasoning – our hope, really – is that in another 50 years the cancer menace will be beaten. In that time the trophy will have risen to about a metre in height which is probably the limit for it to be being handled on a stage.”

The trophy is made of two natural and refined materials, marble and silver. The Kolmården marble, a beautiful green Swedish marble, was crafted by Mr. Tom Tjörnemar of Valter Eklund Sten in Vällingby, outside Stockholm. The rings were made by silversmith Mr. Olle Olls, in Stockholm.

Inside the trophy the following citation is engraved (translated from Swedish): The marble base represents all research that has been; which is the foundation for the research that is now and that is to come. One silver ring represents that year’s most important research

Every year, another layer of research is added in the fight to reduce the suffering caused by cancer. With their work, every researcher stands on the shoulders of their predecessors. But what if the trophy becomes too high? Well, let us hope that cancer has been defeated before then.

The Swedish Cancer Society: It was founded in 1951 to support cancer research and is an independent nonprofit organization. The overall aim is to achieve a higher survival rate and a reduction in the incidence of cancer. The vision is to find cures for cancer.

The Swedish Cancer Society’s main task is to raise and distribute money for cancer research. As one of the largest financiers of cancer research in Sweden, the Swedish Cancer Society essentially acts as a national research council.

The Pink Ribbon: The best known and most widely spread fundraising activity of the Swedish Cancer Society is the Pink Ribbon breast cancer campaign. For ten years the Swedish Cancer Society has appointed a renowned designer to design the Pink Ribbon of the year. In 2015, Claesson Koivisto Rune proudly accepted this invitation.

The design was a graphic pattern of abstracted breast symbols. Each ribbon is embroidered with the approximate number of symbols equalling Swedish women diagnosed with breast cancer every day (about 20).

The pink ribbon campaign of 2015 was a resounding success. Sales of ribbons, the live national fundraising TV gala and other affiliated activities
together raised about 80 million Swedish kronor – an all time record.

The Cancer Researcher of the Year trophy:

Event Title:   ’No to Cancer’ at TV gala event

Event Year:    2018  (in Sweden)

Trophy Title:   Swedish Cancer Society Trophy

Designed by:    Claesson Koivisto Rune, (Swedish architects and designers)

Designed for:   Best Cancer Researcher of the Year


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