Joel Iskowitz-World's Fair Bronze Medal

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(Excerpt) Interview with Joel Iskowitz : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Joel Iskowitz : The confluence of the 75th Anniversary of the 1939 World's Fair and the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 World's Fair also coincided with the100th Anniversary of the founding of the New York Numismatic club, who commissioned the medals. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Joel Iskowitz : The design of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 World's Fair Medal was in close in collaboration with Eugene Daub, who designed and sculpted the 75th Anniversary of the 1939 World's Fair Medal. Both these medals were designed to visually relate to one another in order to make the historical and aesthetic connection. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Joel Iskowitz : To simply appreciate that it will on display permanently at the Queens Museum,which is at the site of both World fairs, in Flushing Meadows, New York. I am further gratified that the edition will travel among the collectors and populace world wide. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Joel Iskowitz : Six months. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Joel Iskowitz : I attended the 1964 World's Fair as young art student and was swept away by the Pieta of Michelangelo on display in the Italian pavilion. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Joel Iskowitz : Reproduction rights are my ownership. I have no definite plans at this point as to enlarging the edition. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Joel Iskowitz : As always, the subject matter and history that is to be depicted drives the entire creative process. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Joel Iskowitz : The entire lineage of Artwork done from ancient times ,right up to the the medallic artwork done at the "Golden Age" of glyptic art. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Joel Iskowitz : Collectors and the general public. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Joel Iskowitz : Everything, in that it is the unique creation of an individual artist. Of course this is true of every and all designs, the difference always comes down to the unique quality of any given design. in the final analysis,it's like statescraft or diplomacy, it comes down to the individual sensibilities of the designer. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Joel Iskowitz : Purely descriptive of the historical facts of the subject matter: "The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 World's Fair".. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Joel Iskowitz : My brain, some of my heart, my eyes and a pencil.But before everything comes the research to make certain you are connected with your subject. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Joel Iskowitz : Please see my answer to question 10. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Joel Iskowitz : The assignment was born from a concept of the New York Numismatic Club President, Constantin Marinescu. I collaborated with Luigi Badia, who beautifully sculpted my design, and Eugene Daub, who designed and sculpted the 75th Anniversary of the 1939 World's Fair Medal. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Joel Iskowitz : Considerable, as I .[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with Joel Iskowitz on World's Fair Bronze Medal at design-interviews.com ]

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