The Spirit of Marin Award was created as a way for Bank of Marin to honor two of its original directors, Jack Bucknum and Jim Dawson. Thanks to the inspiration of these tremendously community-minded gentlemen, we continue to honor others with a similar sense of commitment to their communities. The philosophy behind the award can best be explained by this quote from George Bernard Shaw, which Jim kept on a piece of paper in his wallet.
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatsoever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake, Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.”
That is the Spirit of Marin!
The award itself is a work of art created by San Rafael glass artist Latchezar Boyadjiev. The clearly defined objective of his art is to “create an illusion of a world inside the glass piece, to reflect the light into a rainbow effect and emphasize the dynamism of the shape.” By using his technique of grinding and polishing the highest quality of glass giving each piece a luminescent quality, he captured the essence of the torch in the glass in an almost mystical way.