BRIT Awards announce Hadid as 2017 statue designer

BRIT Awards announce Hadid as 2017 statue designer

The 2017 BRIT Awards statue has been designed by the late Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid.

Hadid, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest architects, died suddenly aged 65 in March after suffering a heart attack.

BRITs chairman Jason Iley reached out to Hadid at the start of the year and met her in February at a party to celebrate her winning of the 2016 Royal Gold Medal For Architecture.

Iley said,: “This was a really big night for her and she was still prepared to talk about the BRIT Award and she was really excited about it.

“Zaha’s work is innovative, original and recognises diversity in culture. It has much in common with music. She was the perfect choice for progressing the Award into the future.”

The BRIT design project has been led by Maha Kutay, director at Zaha Hadid Design, and Niamh Byrne, on behalf of the BRIT Awards.

The statue will be fully revealed later in the year.  Zaha’s team will produce a family of five statues, bespoke for the BRIT Awards 2017 with Mastercard, which will be broadcast live on ITV on Wednesday February 22 from The O2 in London.

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