2022 UEFA Champions League Final Logo Revealed
The logo for the 2022 Champions League final, which is to be held at the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, has been officially unveiled by UEFA.
As well as featuring an abstract art style that is said to have been inspired by Russian artists Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich, the logo is further claimed to capture “the vibrant atmosphere and celebrations around the White Nights festival” that is set to be held on the same night as the cup final on 28 May 2022.
Key visual elements include references to Saint Petersburg’s famous bridges that cut across the river Neva.
Also depicted are the Scarlet Sails, a famous annual event that marks the end of the high school year and which forms a part of the White Nights festival. The Bronze Horseman, a monument to the city’s founder Peter the Great and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral are also included in the design.
Finally, the Lakhta Centre, Europe’s tallest building, overlooking the Gazprom Arena, where this season’s final will be played, completes the design, which has been created by local artist Maksim Zhestkov, who used a technique called “Suprematism”, an art movement focused on basic geometric forms that was developed by Kazimir Malevich over a century ago.
“Working on a piece for the UEFA Champions League final was a creative challenge, as it had to capture the revolutionary spirit of Saint Petersburg that is hidden behind the classical facades of the city and include modern landmarks of the city, together with its more recognisable buildings, built centuries ago,” explains Zhestkov.
“Together with the creative team, we decided to approach Saint Petersburg’s architecture with a Suprematist mindset, as this influential art movement is also tightly connected with the city that hosted the first-ever Suprematist exhibition in 1915. Experimenting with the purest shapes extracted from the city, we were able to create a lively composition full of anticipation and energy which accompany the final game.”
The branding will be visible across Saint Petersburg as this season’s competition reaches its conclusion.