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Olympic Cauldron, 2012

This is a Olympic Cauldron. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Thomas Heatherwick and made for (as the client) London Organizing Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It is dated 2012. Its medium is polished sheet copper, stainless steel.

How can every country in the Olympic Games take part in making and lighting the Olympic Cauldron?
Invited to design the cauldron for London’s Olympic Games, the studio drew on the theatricality and collaborative spirit of the event. During opening ceremonies, a representative from each nation placed its copper element on slender rods radiating from the heart of the stadium, a central location that engaged the crowd and helped shape the ritual pageantry. Lit by young athletes, the individual flames were lifted and surged into a single, symbolic blaze. Afterward, the unique elements, patinated by the heat, became individual mementos for the 204 participating countries

It is credited Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.

  • Bleigiessen, 2003
  • glass beads with dichroic film, stainless steel wire.
  • Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
  • HSP.16

Its dimensions are

H: 850 cm (27 ft. 10 5/8 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.

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