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Wojciech Pietranik

Person from Poland

Wojciech Pietranik (25 March 1950—) is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals. Pietranik was born in Gdańsk, Poland, and he achieved a Masters in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts. He did freelance work from 1975 before moving to Darwin, Australia in 1985 to become a teacher. Three years later he moved with his family to Canberra. In 1989 he began working for the Royal Australian Mint and his designs have since featured on the reverse of many Australian commemorative coins. Pietranik was one of 18 artists and jewellery designers to be invited to submit a design for the Olympic medal that would be awarded at the 2000 Summer Games, hosted in Sydney. He created a model using plasticine and cast the finished design in plaster, sending his work to the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) along with his sketches. The selection committee chose Pietranik's design which, as per the brief, was based on the obverse by Giuseppe Cassioli's Trionfo design which had been used at every Summer Olympic Games since 1928. Pietranik's version had featured the Sydney Opera House on the obverse instead of the traditional Roman Colosseum  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1950-03-25
Place of birth
Gdańsk
Nationality
Poland

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