This year’s design of the 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes Winner’s Centre commemorates the passing of 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.
Drawing upon local military iconography, the rose bowl features crossed cavalry swords with gold-plated hilts, superimposed against an abstracted poppy motif. This offers a backdrop against which the bright silhouette of a fine horse stands, with the suggested outline of the Victoria Cross overhead.
In the centre of the design, a stylised laurel wreath encircles the white rose of Yorkshire and below this an engraved scroll which acknowledges the century 1914–2014.
Nick Palmer – Designer of the 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger Winner’s Centre
Following his initial role as a theatre design assistant and prop builder, Nick broadened his creative practice; graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Metalwork and Jewellery.
Later that year he was invited to join the graduate technical team fabricating a new permanent trophy for the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes.
Recently re-emerging as an independent maker, following several years teaching, he has been commissioned to design and construct the new ‘gift’ element, or rose bowl, for the 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes.
He continues to develop and expand his practice, creating jewellery and silverware that reveal a deep love for precious metals; substantial, generous and never compromising on materials.