If you missed it Saturday night, the brand new Pac-12 championship trophy was unveiled before the game between Oregon and Stanford. Compared to the old design, it’s absolutely stunning.
The trophy was designed and built by a UCLA alum, Archie Held. The trophy is made of 100% stainless steel and is built on a 12-sided base, representing all 12 of the Pac-12 teams. The “V” reflects the north and south divisions.
Held asserted that main expression he wanted to portray was the excitement of scoring a touchdown and winning a game. The trophy almost likes like the touchdown signal a referee makes, so it looks like he achieved that vision. Moreover, Held was inspired by the Lombardi trophy and talked about what went into the final design:
“I did not want a traditional trophy or cup, I wanted something contemporary, modern and fun. I wanted an iconic form, something unique to the Pac-12.”
“I started researching other sports trophies and I was really gravitated to the Lombardi Trophy. It has a very clean and elegant design. I am fairly obsessed with form and the strongest forms are simple, elegant designs. They stand the test of time. That’s exactly what I was trying to create with the Pac-12 Football Championship Trophy. I wanted to capture all of the emotion of winning with a very clean and simple design.”
What do you folks think of the new trophy? It’s certainly more aesthetically pleasing and creative than the other conference championship trophies out there.