Indian culture forms the design philosophy of the Commonwealth baton that is touring the country right now. The mind behind the design, Michael Foley, had over 25 dedicated members working on the project. He says, “The design uses a fusion of traditional craftsmanship, coupled with new-age manufacturing technologies.”
The body of the baton has been crafted with soil collected from all corners of India, that has been hand-set into the pre-machined channels and lacquer-coated to achieve a smooth-lustre surface. The Queen’s message has been engraved on a gold leaf that rests atop the baton, encased in a jewel box-like enclosure.
“A sweeping triangular profile creates the silhouette of the baton, depicting a dynamic stance. We felt that the baton needs to ‘symbolically’ represent India instead of being literal inspiration,” explains Folly. “Gold has been the inspiration to use gold as part of the baton design,” he adds.
The baton has an LED illumination system. The illumination is achieved by use of fine 1-mm LEDs inset in the ribs of the baton, separating the soil.
“This allows the colours of the country to glow. Also integrated is the capacity for the baton to receive SMSs as well as a camera that captures images through its legendary journey across the countries of the Commonwealth.”
The form of the baton is a triangle, signifying growth and a direction to the future.