The inspiration for the main outer body of rods woven together came from the indigenous bamboo art of Northeast India (baskets, mats, etc.), the spokes of wheels, the criss-crossing threads in the traditional weaving machines, bamboo fences, etc. In all these, the materials were woven or interlocked together in such a manner that the tension created between individual units added to the stability of the structure when finished, especially when arranged in a circle like in my design. I wanted my design to reflect not only my roots, but also represent and inspire stability.
There are five pairs of tetrahedrons at the top, and in between each pair, the tip of an arm of the big star rests. The five pairs of tetrahedron represents humanity working together to achieve a common goal for the common good. The star represents eternity, and our past and future – our building blocks came from stars and one day we will return to the stars, almost like an eternal cycle. I named my trophy design, ‘The stars are the limit, not the sky’, because I want us to look beyond what we can normally see, so as to aim higher and dream further, like looking beyond the tree in front and seeing the entire forest.