Ski World Cup Alta Badia_2016

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Piz La Ila (La Villa - Alta Badia) _ Gran Risa ski run _ 17/20 December 2016 In partnership with Swarovski®, realization of the trophies for the Ski World Cup Alta Badia - Dolomites Giant race and Parallel Giant race.


On the occasion of the 2016 Alta Badia-Dolomites Ski World Cup, the artist Daniele Basso, who is the maker of the sculpture GIGANT set at the start of the Gran Risa ski run in 2015 to celebrate the 30 years of the event, has created the trophies for the Giant Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom night races, with the added feature of illuminating Swarovski® crystals.

The Trophies, says Daniele Basso, represent the superb performances of the champions in the fascinating unique natural scenery of Alta Badia. Their style exalts the terrific beauty of Dolomites, monumental and solemn, and celebrates the magic of snow and sport through the Swarovski® crystals that seem to lightly come down in the trophy frame until turning into the ski slope. They symbolize a story of passion, sport and beauty that comes to life again every year in the magic of the Alta Badia-Dolomites Ski World Cup.

True works of art, the trophies interpret the Alta Badia-Dolomites Ski World Cup logo. Plunged in a bright snowfall of crystals that consecrate steel as a jewel, from the podium of the winners they pay homage to the Italian flag with their colors Crystal, Light Siam and Emerald. The trophies, goes on Basso, have all the same size, and this is made on purpose to celebrate sport as a universal value beyond rewarding the performance itself. When determination, talent and passion spur Man and Mankind towards new achievements.

The Swarovski® crystals have been chosen not only for their being consistent with the sharp-cornered shapes characterizing Daniele Basso’s Art, and GIGANT in particular, but also for the innovative content of the cooperation started in 2011 when the artist first matched them with mirror steel, which is his favorite material.
The authenticity and origin of the Swarovski crystals are certified by the “Crystals from Swarovski” seal, bearing the signature of the founder Daniel Swarovski and the company’s year of establishment. Swarovski has been creating beautiful crystals of unrivalled quality since 1895, a symbol of artistry and craftsmanship that go far beyond the manufacturing aspect. Their brilliance and versatility have the magical ability to bring artistic visions to life right across the creative spectrum and are now essential ingredients in the worlds of fashion, accessories, jewelry and interior decoration, not to mention modern design and art.
Both are eternal materials and through the light they reflect and magnify, they offer us an art that is ethical and responsible toward man and the environment and celebrates the values of humanity that believes in the strength of life.

Ph. Freddy Planinschek