London 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio

Architects: Heatherwick Studio
Location: London, UK

ILikeArchitecture is excited to share the first images of the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick, unveiled at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics Games last night.

The British designer was the mastermind behind one of the best-kept secrets of the Opening Ceremony: the Olympic Cauldron.

The Olympic Cauldron consists of 204 copper petal-like mini-cauldrons, each representing one of the participating nations. Each copper petal was brought into the stadium by each team as part of the athletes’ procession. After the procession, each petal was then attached to long pipes, forming in a ring at the centre of the stadium.

In the climax of the ceremony the individual flames spread between the petals, converging on the cauldron to create one giant flame. The cauldron was developed at the Heatherwick Studio in Kings Cross, London, which Thomas Heatherwick founded in 1994 with the aim of “bringing architecture, design and sculpture together within a single practice”.

Thomas Heatherwick on the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron:

Nothing has been harder than designing for the Olympics. It is the most public moment one can ever be involved in. I am humbled and excited, and above all very proud to have played a part in this significant moment for Great Britain.

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