Trophy Background

History of the Trophy


When the first Sunstar Foundation Award was presented in 2003, the Foundation Chairman, Hiroo Kaneda, envisioned a trophy as meaningful as the award itself.

Mr. Kaneda commissioned the famous Italian architect, Mario Bellini to materialize this vision. Bellini's artistic contributions to society include Olivetti's typewriter and calculators, now found at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and his latest architectural work is found at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

At the base of the trophy, is the following inscription in Italian: "Nell'albero infinito della ricerca scientifica è racchiuso il mistero dell'evoluzione dell'umanità." Translated in English, it means: "The mystery of human evolution is enclosed within the infinite tree of scientific research."




When viewed from the front, the trophy is shaped like the symbol for infinity and infers a quantity without bound or end. The "S" shape of the symbol is also meant to embody science and the Sunstar company. It is a fitting tribute to the Sunstar Foundation Award recipients.


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