News: The Olympic and Paralympic Games 2021 – 5 days of art inspired by the rings
Here at Eone, we always look forward to the Olympics and Paralympics. After all, it is the reason behind the namesake of our iconic Bradley timepiece. We love how the extraordinary achievements of athletes with different abilities inspire us all. We wanted to celebrate the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games in a way that encapsulates the great diversity of athletes and geographies represented in the Games and our passion for inclusive and beautiful design.
We also ran a competition giving away five Eone Bradley Canvas timepieces. Entrants were asked to answer an Olympic-related question each day.
To mark the closing of the Olympics, and the opening of the Paralympics, we commissioned artist Liam Martin and his talented team, to create five abstract art pieces. Each composition used the Olympic colors as inspiration and celebrated the five competing continents. The artists also took the Olympic rings and the Interchangeable rings of the Eone Switch and married them together beautifully within each visualization.
Here’s a reminder of the phenomenal pieces created by Liam and his Team at Momnt.
Image Description: An abstract render of the Eone Switch in silver, floats against a night sky illuminated by the northern lights. The whole timepiece is tilted, facing the top right corner of the image. A Switch Ring: colored blue, is detached from the timepiece and hovers slightly above. The Red Dot Award logo floats by the 4 o’clock marking on the timepiece; a nod to the 2015 design award won by the original Bradley timepiece. Just behind, a blurred silhouette of a football floats in the shadows. In the background, floating in the sky, a racing bicycle and clocktower can be seen. Surrounding the timepiece is a larger Switch Ring; blurred to give the effect of being "in motion". The composition is themed around the blue ring of the Olympic games.
Competition Question #1: What are the colors of the five rings of the Olympics, and what do they represent?
Fun Fact: The answer to Day 2’s giveaway question, translates from Latin as, "I move". The symbol also reflects the Paralympic Motto, “Spirit in Motion,” representing the strong will of every Paralympian. The Paralympic Symbol emphasizes the fact that Paralympic athletes constantly inspire and excite the world with their performances: always moving forward and never giving up.
Image Description: An abstract render of the Eone Switch in silver, floats against a yellow silk fabric backdrop. On the fabric and slightly out of focus, a pattern of white cranes in flight, and green vegetation can be seen. Floating slightly above the timepiece is a detached dial Ring; in yellow, showcasing the interchangeable mechanism. The timepiece is tilted with its face pointing to the top right corner of the image. Passing through the looped mesh bracelet is the 2020 Olympic torch. To the left edge of the image, a pair of chopsticks float above a Xiao Long Bao. To the top left of the timepiece, a lotus flower floats midair. The whole ensemble is surrounded by a larger dial Ring, in yellow. This composition was inspired by the yellow ring of the Olympic Games logo, representing Asia.
Competition Question #2: What is the name of the three symbols used in the Paralympics logo?
Day 3’s post was dedicated to KBT (Kilimanjaro Blind Trust), who serve children with visual impairments in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Rwanda by providing access to Braille tools and learning materials for blind/visually impaired learners. Eone was fortunate enough to partner with KBT, for a collaboration a few years back. A portion of every sale went towards KBT's efforts to provide lifelong access to braille and literature.
Liam’s artwork for Day 3 shows a silver Eone timepiece with its strap open flat. The timepiece is tilted at an angle with the face pointing to the top right of the image. The center of the timepiece has the KBT logo embossed. Hovering slightly above the case is a black dial Ring, showcasing the interchangeability of the Eone Switch. Surrounding the timepiece is a larger version of this ring, spinning. The large ring is decorated in a colorful African pattern; predominantly red, with accents of black, orange, and white. The pattern is slightly blurred due to the spinning motion of the ring; a nod to the Paralympics’ motto: "Spirit in Motion". Floating slightly above and surrounding the ring are three small objects; a bow and arrow, a Djembe African drum, and a single King Protea; the national flower of South Africa. Blurred out in the background is the river Nile, illuminated by lights and seen from above.
Competition Question #3: Which Paralympian is the namesake and brand ambassador, of Eone?
Our post on Day 4 celebrated the official opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympic Games. We took a moment here to wish our brand ambassador, Bradley Snyder, the best of luck at the games. Brad is transitioning from swimming to the triathlon, which he has been training for and competing in for the past three-and-a-half years.
This abstract artwork shows a silver Eone Switch sitting on the surface of water. The straps wrap around a large dial Ring in green, which is submerged and distorted by the water. Surrounding the timepiece, clockwise from top left; a Blue Tang fish picking away at coral, a single kayak, a water polo ball, and a clown fish. The green ring that hovers above the timepiece and in the water represent the Oceania region and the green ring from the Olympic logo.
Competition Question #4: Who would you take to the Olympic Games and tell us your favorite sport!
This marked the final image of Eone’s five-part series dedicated to the Olympics and Paralympics.
This piece is themed red to represent the final ring in the Olympics logo, representing the Americas. In this image, a silver Eone timepiece dominates most of the frame, facing the top left of the image. The metal strap is fastened; looping itself around a large red Ring; obscured, by and hidden in the shadows of the timepiece. At the top left of the image, a pair of swimming goggles and a gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympics; won by Bradley Snyder, floats in space. In the top right corner, a deep crimson maple leaf can be seen entering the frame very slightly. Sitting in the bottom right corner of the image and above the large red ring, a badminton shuttlecock can be seen; slightly blurred as if moving through the air at speed - symbolic of the Paralympics’ motto of "Spirit in Motion". The left arm and upper torso of Rio's Christ the Redeemer sits in the shadows of the bottom left, completing the fourth corner of this image. The whole composition is set against a deep red space with coffee beans scattered in between the objects.
Competition Question #5: Which one of the five posts was your favorite? (Blue, Yellow, Black, Green, or Red)
A big thank you to Liam and Chloe for helping us realize this project in such a short space of time. We would also like to thank you, out community for coming together and celebrating with us. We hope you enjoyed the series as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you.