GDE BERTONI, WHERE THE W CUP TRO­PHY IS MADE

From carv­ing to chis­elling and ham­mer­ing, this is the process that sees the world cup tro­phy take shape ev­ery four years

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

Italy have missed out on the 2018 World Cup the first time the for­mer win­ners have missed out in 60 years.

How­ever, in ad­di­tion to a few referees, there will be an­other piece of Italy in Rus­sia - the World Cup tro­phy it­self.

In Paderno Dug­nano, a lit­tle city close to Mi­lan, there is a pink-walled fac­tory. This, in such a lowkey area, is where the tro­phy is made.

The golden orig­i­nal, prop­erty of FIFA and rarely ex­hib­ited, was de­signed in 1970 by artist Sil­vio Gaz­zaniga, win­ning the in­ter­na­tional con­test for the new World Cup tro­phy.

Ev­ery four years, a brass copy of the tro­phy is pro­vided and handed to the foot­ball fed­er­a­tion of the win­ning side. Daily Mail

(Daily Mail)

WHERE IT ALL BE­GAN: The his­toric brass em­blem of Paderno Dug­nano-based com­pany GDE Bertoni which was es­tab­lished in Mi­lan by Eu­ge­nio Losa in 1938.

WORK­PLACE: This is what the gal­vanic de­part­ment looks like dur­ing the gild­ing bath.

TAK­ING SHAPE: Once out of the foundry, the brass body of the tro­phy has to be chis­elled by die grinders to re­move ex­cess metal.

RE­FIN­ING: The tro­phy then gets pro­gres­sively re­fined by pol­ish­ing.

CARE: The tro­phy then reaches the gal­vanic de­part­ment where it gets the ul­tra­sonic de­greas­ing bath. This first bath is fol­lowed by rins­ing.

PER­FEC­TION: At the end of the gild­ing bath, the tro­phy is care­fully washed in dis­tilled wa­ter.

DONE: The World Cup tro­phy is now com­plete with its base of mala­chite green mar­ble. It is then cov­ered with Zapon var­nish to en­sure bril­liance and preser­va­tion.

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