Story: Sculpture and installation art

1974 Commonwealth Games commemorative medal

1974 Commonwealth Games commemorative medal

Paul Beadle, who was director of the Elam School of Art in Auckland in the 1960s and 1970s, specialised in often humorous small-scale sculptures, but was also a highly accomplished medallist. He created this medal to commemorate the 1974 Commonwealth Games held in Christchurch. The games symbol is surrounded by Māori motifs in a design that is simple but striking.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: GH013488
Design by Paul Beadle

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1974 Commonwealth Games symbol designed by Colin Smith

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How to cite this page:

Mark Stocker, 'Sculpture and installation art - Early modern sculpture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/41969/1974-commonwealth-games-commemorative-medal (accessed 21 April 2019)

Story by Mark Stocker, published 22 Oct 2014