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October 31, 2006

TED Prize 2007: A great prize deserves a great sculpture

Tom Shannon's TED Prize sculpture

The TED Conference folks have announced this year's recipients of their TED Prize, an a very impressive trio it is...

Photojournalist James Nachtwey
Biologist E.O. Wilson
Former President Bill Clinton

The three of them each get to address the ultra-exclusive TED conference, and present one world-changing wish that the attendees will focus their attention (and considerable wealth) upon. It's a great award (details here), won by three very deserving individuals, but what caught my eye was the other thing they receive... a commemorative sculpture by artist Tom Shannon.

The sculpture is a lovely ten-inch sphere that hovers in mid-air above a wooden base. It perfectly embodies the beautiful and improbable feel of the award...it's a thousand times more appropriate than the typical etched block of Lucite.

Shannon's made a number of pieces that use magnetic fields to achieve haunting levitations. Check out his online gallery at www.tomshannon.com.


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at October 31, 2006 01:21 PM


I've known Tom since high school. He was a mature artist then and won the Chicago Invitational at age 21. He is more popular abroad than here, but let's hope this helps change things. His vision is extremely positive and doesn't dabble in the easy darkness of current culture, which I'm sure makes it a bit of an uphill battle. Nice to see him associated with another force for change, Bill Clinton. The president should be honored.

John Sieger

Posted by: John Sieger at November 1, 2006 09:34 AM