31 July 2012

Art wins with the Olympic Cauldron Copper Petals

Though I was on an airplane during much of the Olympic Opening ceremony, I have been happy to see the artistic flair of associated Olympic traditions and features.

The copper petals in the Olympic 'cauldron' are amazing! We've possibly seen and heard more about them since the cauldron was moved to a better location than if it had been left in it's original position.




Car panel beaters, the English version of body shop workers, made the individual copper petals and etched the name of a competing country on each one. The petal will be returned to the country at the close of the games allowing for the Olympic spirit to spread around the world in a material form.




The petals formed a huge flaming flower on tubes that lifted ring by ring to make an impressive but delicate cauldron unlike the industrial versions of years past. Photos of past cauldrons

Thomas Heatherwick, the cauldron's designer, said he had not wanted to compete on the basis of size with cauldrons at previous Games, and had focused instead on the symbolic meaning. The artistic design and location does not allow the masses to see the cauldron, but adds value by its symbolism and it's participatory nature. A child brought in each petal and the petals will be distributed at the end of the games.

See more on Heatherwick and a video of the assembly and lighting of the cauldron on The Telegraph's website.

Art wins.




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