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Jules Verne



RACE AGAINST TIME: Jules Verne was 150 years ahead of his time, when he predicted that hydrogen would be the fuel of the future. Herbert George Wells, was a contemporary science fiction writer, who predicted time travel. That will have to wait.






It is proposed that the design of the JVH2 trophy might embody symbolic elements of the challenge as tasteful modern art. The elements and concept for our trophy is the subject of a study at present, aiming for a commission by 2023, for sculpting in 2024.


1. We should like to see humpback whales incorporated, as being symbolic of ocean conservation. 

2. The author of Around the World in 80 Days was French, hence we'd like to see symbolism of France. 

3. Circling the globe should be included and perhaps a ribbon. 

4. A direct or indirect reference to Jules Verne may be incorporated as predicting hydrogen as a fuel.

5. A direct or indirect reference to hydrogen may be incorporated.

6. Liberty, as in freedom from fossil fuels, & enlightenment


These are our starting points as a draft design brief. 




A humpback whale made of crystal



LEAPING WHALES: These might be of glass, or 3D printed from genuine high grade ocean recovered plastic. Symbolic of our efforts to clean the ocean of pollution. Also, with an eye out on sustainable yachts and ships, we are thinking of using marine grade stainless steel in the making of the trophy.






ARTWORK: The original reference from the JVH2 logo was printed out A3 size, nowhere near large enough for our purposes.






ENLARGING: In time honored tradition a grid was created on top of the printout, then transferred to larger piece of cardboard to be drawn in by hand. The humpback's pose in mid-broach then needs to be translated to to metal medium, with the measurements taken from the enlarged artwork. The digital approach is okay for vinyl wraps and plastic printing, but not so useful if the object to be made is by a craftsman.




There are many amazing cups and trophies in silver, crystal and even gold. One of the most inspiring in our view is the Hales Trophy or North Atlantic Blue Riband Challenge. Though, for our purposes, it is rather too intricately classical as a sustainability award, a tad large for in person handing over and receiving ceremonies, and exceptionally heavy for transportation. Irrespective of such observations, it has many interesting elements to be admired, not least of which is the craftsmanship. One of the most expensive awards to compete for is the America's Cup, made of silver.





JVH2 Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy - Sample artwork, Eiffel Tower symblic of France and the famous science fiction writer



Even with very careful instructions as a brief, Bing Creator was unable to create exactly the kind of minimalist design the event organizers are looking for. The good news is that the amazing art program did its best. Coming up with some quite interesting interpretations. This one with a rainbow background. Copyright marine art, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, November 2023.







Getting a little closer. except humpback whales broach backwards. Also, the representation of the Eiffel Tower is too fussy. These are similar to our artist's original sketches. But not yet representative enough of the registered trademark. Copyright marine art, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, November 2023.






The Eiffel Tower is representative of freedom, which can be slaves to carcinogenic particulates, or from fossil fuels. Great ideas to be incorporated in our Trophy. But the artwork above is not yet representative enough of the registered trademark. Copyright marine art, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, November 2023.








Flaming torch, Statue of Liberty, freedom from fossil fuels. JVH2, the electric Blue Ribband, Eiffel Tower.







An art study based on classical design principles, not yet including leaping humpback whales, but still visually pleasing.







Another variation with a round base. We think a square or oblong base might be more in keeping with the footprint of the world famous Paris icon. As the wager takes place in London, at the Reform Club. It might be interesting to incorporate something representative of the English city. It would be impractical to incorporate a rainbow, unless the trophy is enameled, or something like that. Paint, not being durable enough. For sure, we'd need a Blue Ribband (ribbon), for the Atlantic hydrogen record. Copyright marine art, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, November 2023.







Now that is a tasty looking base. This is more art, than a trophy. But stunning visuals, incorporating the 'Blue Ribband' theme for hydrogen powered cargo and passenger ships, across the Pond (Atlantic). Copyright marine art, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, November 2023.







MARINE ART - Once again, the base is round, when square is more in keeping with the four anchors used to secure the Eiffel Tower in position at the Paris Exhibition, 1889 world fair or Exposition. Copyright marine art, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, November 2023.







FREEDOM FROM FOSSIL FUELS - Inspired by the Statue of Liberty, enlightenment, accelerating the transition to clean fuels, to save the planet from acid oceans, desertification and rising ocean levels. Copyright Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, November 2023.







The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower from 1887 to 1889.

Locally nicknamed "La dame de fer" (French for "Iron Lady"), it was constructed as the centerpiece of the 1889 World's Fair, and to crown the centennial anniversary of the French Revolution. Although initially criticised by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, it has since become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The tower received 5,889,000 visitors in 2022. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument with an entrance fee in the world: 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015. It was designated a monument historique in 1964, and was named part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site ("Paris, Banks of the Seine") in 1991.

The tower is 330 metres (1,083 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris. Its base is square, measuring 125 metres (410 ft) on each side. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest human-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished in 1930. It was the first structure in the world to surpass both the 200-metre and 300-metre mark in height. Due to the addition of a broadcasting aerial at the top of the tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 5.2 metres (17 ft). Excluding transmitters, the Eiffel Tower is the second tallest free-standing structure in France after the Millau Viaduct.

The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. The top level's upper platform is 276 m (906 ft) above the ground the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the climb from the first level to the second, making the entire ascent a 600 step climb. Although there is a staircase to the top level, it is usually accessible only by lift. On this top, third level is a private apartment built for Gustave Eiffel's private use. He decorated it with furniture by Jean Lachaise and invited friends such as Thomas Edison. 







Copyright logo JVH2 humpback whales broaching for joy




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The JVH2 Trophy is inspired in part by the Eiffel Tower & Statue of Liberty.