Tarracvs, the mascot of the XVIII Mediterranean Games Tarragona 2018, is a Roman helmet made of Mediterranean waters, key link among all countries participating in the Games, and where sea waves are reflected. The “casteller” scarf on its wrist and the flag of Tarragona in the helmet’s plume complete the identity symbols of our region in the mascot of Tarragona 2018.
Tarracvs was officially presented on the 19th May 2016 at a ceremony held in Teatre Tarragona and with the presence of King Felipe VI, president of the Honorary Committee of the Mediterranean Games 2018.
The French drawer and designer Jean Jullien is the author of Tarracvs. He is recognized worldwide for being the author of “Peace for Paris”, the designer who turned the Eiffel Tower of Paris into the peace symbol and which went around the world after the attacks in the French capital in November 2015. Jean Jullien, through his design, became a defender of peace and concord, precisely what the Mediterranean Games Tarragona 2018 are willing to be, given the unstable situation which is shadowing the Mediterranean region.
Contest “Draw the Mascot”
The mascot of the XVIII Mediterranean Games 2018 was born from the activity “Draw the mascot”, addressed to pupils from Primary Education Schools in the province of Tarragona and neighbouring regions. By means of a video explaining the contest through a “special agent”, boys and girls received different instructions for drawing their own Games mascot. From among all drawings, every educational centre selected 3 and sent them to the organization of the Games. From the received drawings, the organization of the Games made a first selection of 10 drawings, from which 5 were chosen by popular vote through the Games’ social networks. Finally, an expert committee selected the drawing by Aleix Girona, which became the reference to produce the final design of the mascot for the Mediterranean Games Tarragona 2018. In total, the organization received 252 drawings of boys and girls from 84 primary education centres, which means that more than 10,000 boys and girls participated in the contest. 74 of these schools are located in Camp de Tarragona and the remaining 10 in Terres de l’Ebre. Furthermore, out of the participating schools from Camp de Tarragona, 26 have a teacher promoting the Games Educative Project.
The winner of the contest “Draw the mascotte” is Aleix Girona, a student of 13 years from the School Abel Ferrater of La Selva del Camp. Aleix became the winner of a contest in which there were 10,000 participating drawings. The organization of the Mediterranean Games received a total of 252 proposals (three per centre) by the primary school boys and girls from 84 educational centres of Camp de Tarragona and Terres de l’Ebre.
The proposal presented by Aleix and which served as inspiration for the designer Jean Jullien is:
The final drawings for the contest “Draw the Mascot of the Mediterranean Games” were these, and their authors, from left to right, are: Pol Seoane, from Escola Pax (Tarragona); Blanca de Juanas, from Col·legi Sagrat Cor (Tarragona); Desirée Bonet, from Escola Assumpció (Deltebre) and Pol del Castillo, from l’Escola La Portalada (Altafulla).