The stunning Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games, consists of 204 copper petal-like mini-cauldrons, each representing one of the participating nations.
The cauldron was developed at the Thomas Heatherwick Studio in Kings Cross, London, which Thomas Heatherwick founded in 1994 with the aim of “bringing architecture, design and sculpture together within a single practice”.
Each copper petal was brought into the stadium by each team as part of the athletes’ procession. After the procession, each petal was then attached to a stem-like pipe, forming in a ring at the centre of the stadium.
In the climax to the ceremony the levered stems, that pump natural gas to each petal, gently rose from the ground upwards and the individual flames spread between the petals, converging within the cauldron to create one giant flame of unity.
Below, you can also see Hetherwick’s original design drawings, and models for the Cauldron.