Source: London 2012
Closely guarded design steals the show at Olympics opening ceremony
More than 200 copper petals were carried into the stadium by mascots for each country competing in the 2012 Olympics - each one inscribed with the name of the country and the words ‘XXX Olympiad London 2012’. The petals were attached to long stems to form a circle of flames, ignited in a lighting ceremony led by seven promising young British athletes nominated by some of Britain’s leading sportsmen and women. The petals then rose and united to create a single flame suspended above the stadium.
The cauldron will be moved to a prominent place within the stadium where it will be within eyesight of athletes during events.
At the end of the games, each competing country will take home their petal and the cauldron will cease to exist. “It’s a temporary representation of the extraordinary transitory community that is the Olympic Games,” said an Olympics spokesperson.
An exhibit about the Olympic cauldron will be added to the current Heatherwick Studio show at the V&A today (Saturday)
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