During Her lifetime, Princess Grace of Monaco sought to recognize and celebrate artistic innovation. Likewise, the Princess Grace
Foundation-USA honors art at the vanguard of excellence.
In that spirit of innovation, in 2009, the PGF-USA commissioned Alex Soldier to create Princess Grace Awards, which are bestowed onto the Awards recipients at the annual Awards Gala. A singular, dramatic statue is presented to the Prince Rainier III Award recipient each year: a celebrity in the arts who has made it his/her personal mission to give back.
Soldier designed a stunning work of art incorporating symbols representing all three disciplines that were close to Princess Grace’s heart and lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film. It is composed of connected symbols denoting these three art forms.
The statue features precious metals, primarily platinum-plated silver with black obsidian and Swarovski crystal accents. The metalwork displays a special texturing technique that is signature to Soldier’s style. From this, he created smaller, wearable versions, which are presented to each Princess Grace Awards winner to wear as a pin, a special reminder of their Award for the world to see.
Soldier’s designs for the PGF-USA were realized in his gallery in NYC, where he worked by hand under a microscope to complete the intricate detailing. Solider notes that, “it would be impossible to achieve the level of layered detail and character unless I did the work myself.”
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