At the end of the current season, the NBA will hand out newly designed trophies named after NBA legends. Vanguard Sculpture Services of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was tasked with creating Michael Jordan MVP Trophy.
The award was created by Mark Smith, Jordan brand designer. They told WDJT there’s an art to getting it perfect, and many details about the trophy are a nod to Jordan’s career.
They collaborated with Mark Smith, a Jordan Brand designer.
They told WDJT there’s an art to getting it perfect. First, you need to make a wax replica of the trophy. The cast is then fired and liquid bronze is poured into it. This melts the wax.
Many details about the trophy are a nod to Jordan’s career. For example, it’s 23.6 inches tall and 23.6 pounds, which represents Jordan’s jersey number and his six NBA championships. It’s also five-sided to represent Jordan’s five league MVPs.
“To win the MVP award, you must be a member of a team and fully participate in the team. So that’s what we tried to do here,” Smith said.