The winner of the Coventry International Prize for Peace and Reconciliation will receive a unique piece of sculpture created by a local artist.

Rachel Sutton, who designed the prize, turned to fine arts after 19 years in the motor industry and graduated from Coventry University in 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Applied Arts.

d9p1fj52xa9vk8lm4iz4In all her work she aims to make comment on – and provoke thought and discussion about – social and political issues and she is proud to have her design as a symbol for peace and reconciliation. She turned to nature and the architecture and art of Coventry Cathedral for inspiration.

She said: “I felt privileged to be given the opportunity to design the Peace Prize as I greatly admire those who work tirelessly to make the world a better place.

“I wanted my design to evoke the feeling of sitting beneath the canopy of a great oak tree – something people associate with a peaceful and tranquil experience.

“Inspired by the architecture and art of Coventry Cathedral, I decided that a contemporary and slight abstract approach would be appropriate. Throughout the world, trees are seen to symbolise like, knowledge, wisdom, strength, endurance, protection and peace – all of which are qualities held by grassroots peace workers.”