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Olympic Mascot - Håkon

Håkon

  • Object:

    Olympic Mascot

  • Place of origin:

    Norway (designed)

  • Date:

    1994 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Camputchano, Javier Ramirez (designer)
    Grossman, Kari and Werner (Designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    cotton, synthetics, stuffed, embroidered, printed
    paper, printed, folded

  • Museum number:

    B.146:1, 2-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Håkon and Kristin are the mascots for the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games.

Unlike the range of cute animals used as mascots since Waldi in 1972, these two were different as they were human. Inspired by medieval Norwegian legends, they are named after a prince and princess from the 13th century, but were described as “children of today”. The characters in their colourful period costumes were intended to represent a combination of tradition and innovation, and promote the idea of modern Norway as authentic and environmentally conscious.

The original design for Håkon was produced by Javier Ramirez Camputchano, developed in collaboration with Kari and Werner Grossman.

Physical description

Soft stuffed body of pinkish colour and synthetic material, printed with facial features including large blue eyes. Yellow wool hair and brown felt helmet. Dressed in layers, with pink cape over green tunic with purple felt lining. Front printed with Lillehammer emblem. Pink threads wrapped around legs, and light yellow ribbon looped from back of neck.

Place of Origin

Norway (designed)

Date

1994 (made)

Artist/maker

Camputchano, Javier Ramirez (designer)
Grossman, Kari and Werner (Designers)

Materials and Techniques

cotton, synthetics, stuffed, embroidered, printed
paper, printed, folded

Marks and inscriptions

Lillehammer '94

Kristin and Håkon/
Kristin and Håkon are the mascots for the XVII Olympic Winter Games 1994. Håkon is named after a prince and Kristin after a princess, both from the 13th century. Nevertheless, they are children of today: openminded, happy, free and alert. As with most Norweigian children, sports and playing are part of their everyday life, as is environmental consciousness.

An Official Olympic Product/
By bying [sic] this product you are helping to promote and finance the XVII Olympic Winter Games, which will be staged at Lillehammer, Norway in 1994./
The Lillehammer Games will be a sporting and cultural festival founded upon authentic values, modern design and Norwegian traditions./
Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee - LOOC

Dimensions

Height: 19 cm, Width: 11 cm, Depth: 5.5 cm head

Descriptive line

Håkon, stuffed doll of young boy, official mascot of 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games. Designed by Kari Grossman, Werner Grossman and Javier Ramirez Camputchano.

Materials

Material; Cotton; Synthetic; Paper

Techniques

Stuffing; Printing; Sewing; Folding

Categories

Dolls & Toys; Sport

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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