I have spoken to Theo
(27/04/18) For his story about the design of the coin.
Some of the answers to my
questions with Theo, which is still ongoing.
As a 16 year old student at Rishworth School in West Yorkshire he entered
the competition to design the cycling fifty pence.
As far as Theo is aware he was the only student from his school that
entered the competition, his Dad saw the competition advertised and showed
it to him, his winning design netting him £1000 and his school a whopping
£10,000, he invested the money in his current studio that he still works
in today. He insisted that the money for the school was spent on local
cycling charities rather than the school itself.
He has not done any other designs for coins since, his interests have
shifted into more of a painterly practice now, although the tighter design
approach will always hold a small place in his work, he used to work in a
supermarket and remembers the day he found his coin in his hand, it was a
strange experience to say the least, he had a full tour of the Royal Mint
and was the first to press the button for his coin, he also placed his
design into the Royal Mintís extensive collection of coins, His design
wasnít altered in any way and he watched as they transferred his work into
the computer software which was very satisfying to watch.
Theo will try to dig out his original sketches and send me copies.
Cycling was Team GBís most
successful event at the 2012 Games. Between track and road events, a total
of eight gold medals were won with Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins leading
the charge. The winning design chosen by the Royal Mint belonged to Theo
Crutchley-Mack, an art sudent and keen cyclist from Yorkshire.
BA (Hons) Drawing at Falmouth University in Cornwall. This locations
history allowed him to develop a keen interest in ruins and abandonment,
which is now linked closely to his practice.