thomas heatherwick on his award winning 2012 london olympic cauldron

thomas heatherwick on his award winning 2012 london olympic cauldron

thomas heatherwick on his award winning 2012 london olympic cauldronlighting rehearsal – starting point from which the torch bearers ignite the cauldron image: LOCOG /  olympic opening ceremony tumblr

 

 

 

NEWS: comprised of 204 petals representing each country competing at the 2012 london olympic games, the olympic cauldron developed by london-based designer thomas heatherwick has been honored at this year’s south bank awards, winning the highly acclaimed visual arts prize – beating the olympic velodrome and turner-prize nominated artist paul noble.

 

designboom met with thomas heatherwick as he presented at the 2012 hong-kong business of design week – which ran from december 3-8, 2012 – speaking on the process and completion of the project.

 

thomas heatherwick on his award winning 2012 london olympic cauldron during hong-kong business of design week

 

 

the dandelion-like design, is attached to levered stems that pump natural gas to each petal. the stems gently rise from the ground upwards and converge to form ‘one great flame of unity’ – representative of the transitory togetherness that is embodied in the olympic games. 

 

for more information on designboom’s original coverage on the olympic cauldron, see here.

"2012 london olympics cauldron – lighting rehearsal – stems which pump natural gas to the petals rising upward image: LOCOG / olympic opening ceremony tumblr

 

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2012 london olympics cauldron – by thomas heatherwick image: LOCOG / olympic opening ceremony tumblr

 

 

"thomas heatherwick speaking at the 2012 hong-kong business of design weekimage © designboom 

 

thomas heatherwick on his award winning 2012 london olympic cauldron 

 

about BODW – business of designweek

first hosted by the hong kong design centre (HKDC) in 2002, business of design week (BODW) is a must-attend ideas exchange platform for asia’s most innovative thinkers and business leaders. now in its 10th year, BODW – as the finale of 2012 design year – continues to inspire valuable dialogue through an unrivaled blend of forums, seminars, exhibitions and outreach programmes for designers, business leaders, educators, SMEs and the public to exchange ideas and address a wide array of 21st century challenges.

designboom is an international media partner of the business of design week (BODW)

 

BODW 2012hong kong convention and exhibition center03-08.12.2012

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