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Renowned for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, and heavily regarded as today’s Leonardo da Vinci, multi-discipline designer Thomas Heatherwick’s creation of the Olympic cauldron was both aesthetically beautiful and heavily symbolic.
Each of the 204 copper petals were engraved with their corresponding nation, and once lit by seven of Britain’s up-and-coming sporting stars, rose from the ground to mimic the gathering of cultures that the Olympics has come to represent.
It was a highly fitting finale to Danny Boyle’s display of powerful visuals, creative set design and impeccable sound. Utilising circular formations and curved lines, the Olympic theme was heavily referred to throughout; the transformation of industrial Britain seamlessly leading to the forging of the five, golden Olympic rings was awe striking.
The opening ceremony was both simplistic in concept yet complex in creation, and due to the powerful aesthetics produced by Britain’s top creative’s, the event was deemed a success and left many Brits feeling proud of their country.
For more on Heatherwicks creation of the cauldron, visit the Heatherwick studio exhibition at the V&A. For details follow this link.
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