The Tang Prize Diploma was designed by Jennifer Tsai, managing and creative director of Proad Identity. Throughout her decades-long career, she has won 82 international awards, the most among women of Chinese descent. Her talent is best demonstrated when she gives oriental aesthetic tradition a modern makeover. Tasked with this important mission, Tsai decided to draw inspiration from the four basic elements, water, earth, wind and fire, to create the visual images she was looking for. Name by classical Greek philosophers as the building blocks of our universe, these four elements epitomize the Tang Prize’s four award categories in terms of how integral they are to the survival and wellbeing of humanity. Through intangible ways, the four elements converged and formed the reality as we know it today. The evolving nature of this reality also signifies how the four award categories keep adopting themselves to meet the urgent needs of different eras.
Water, the source of life, both reinvigorates and purifies life, so that life not only goes on but also becomes more enriched and continues to thrive.
Heaven and earth interact, and stagnation or harmony ensues, as The Book of Change denotes. Traditionally, medicine comes from plants that grow in earth. Learn how to embrace earth, so we will be able to co-exist with nature in great harmony.
A culture has its seeds which need spreading. Among all the transmission media that are immaterial, the wind has the most material presence, because where the wind blows, grass bend. Likewise, where a gentleman’s virtuous deeds are spread, people emulate.
Rule of Law—Fire
Fire heralds the dawn of civilization. Shedding light on the logics behind law and order, it disperses the dark forces of irrationality.