2016 $20 FINE SILVER COIN GEOMETRY IN ART: THE MAPLE LEAF
As digital artists seek to recreate the physical world through dimensional images, modelling techniques based on geometric shapes have spawned an innovative new visual style: low poly art. This outstanding five-coin series utilizes the low poly art style to present a contemporary re-interpretation of Canada’s most famous icons—including the proud maple leaf that has come to represent this land and its people.
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g)*: 31.83
Diameter (mm): 40
Face Value: $20
Artist: Calder Moore
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with graphic beauty box
- Fifth coin in the unforgettable fivecoin Geometry in Art series, which reinterprets familiar Canadian emblems in the low poly art style that originated in the video game industry.
- Exceptional engraving, relief and the application of different finishing techniques add distinctiveness to the polygon shapes that form the stylized image.
- In keeping with the low poly art style, vibrant colours create a perception of depth and shadows in the autumn landscape that serves as a magnificent backdrop to two engraved maple leaves.
- An unforgettable addition to any collection—especially those with a wildlife, nature or Canadiana theme, or any that include the beloved symbols that have come to represent this land and its people.
- A conversation-starter for anyone with an interest in art and dimensional modelling techniques, particularly those used in Canada’s thriving video game development industry.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Calder Moore features an artistic representation of a Canadian forest in autumn, which provides a natural setting for Canada’s most famous emblem: the maple leaf. Geometry, technology and art intersect as the entirety of the image is presented in a low poly art style, with multiple polygon shapes coming together to form the mix of coniferous and deciduous trees on both sides of the river. A rich colour gradient in the background recreates the fading sunset as it casts a golden glow on the fall foliage, while the use of rich colour variants throughout the landscape alters our perception of shadow and light. The eye is naturally drawn to the two engraved maple leaves in the foreground, where extraordinary sculpting, cutting-edge technology and advanced finishing techniques showcase the individual polygons within each form. The geometric lines and corners lend themselves beautifully to recreating the maple leaf’s stem and serrated edges, as a gentle breeze brings both leaves tumbling onto the water’s surface to float above the rocky riverbed.