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London 2012 unveils Olympic Torch design

06-09-2011 10:01 BJT

LONDON -- The London 2012 Olympic torch will be a three-sided golden cone with the flame burning through its perforated shell. Made from an aluminium alloy, it is light enough to be carried by young people who are expected to make up half of the 8,000 torchbearers.

A prototype of the London 2012 Olympic Torch
is seen in this handout image received from
the London Organising Committee of the Olympic
and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) in London on June
8, 2011.[Photo/Agencies]

At 800mm high and weighing just 800g, the Torch is one of the most lightweight in the history of the Olympic Movement. Its gold-coloured form is perforated by 8,000 small cut-out circles, representing the 8,000 Torchbearers and their stories of personal achievement. The circles, which run the length of the Torch, will also offer a unique level of transparency – allowing people to see right into its heart – and help keep the Torch cool.

Two views of a prototype of the London 2012
Olympic Torch are seen in this handout image
received from the London Organising Committee
of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)
in London on June 8, 2011.[Photo/Agencies]

It has been designed by internationally-acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, in partnership with Basildon-based product engineers Tecosim and Coventry based manufacturers The Premier Group.

A prototype of the London 2012 Olympic Torch is seen in this handout image
received from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic
Games (LOCOG) in London on June 8, 2011. [Photo/www.london2012.com]

The triangular design has been inspired by the multiples of three identified across the vision and delivery of the Olympic Games. These include the three Olympic Values of respect, excellence and friendship; the fact the UK has hosted the Olympic Games three times; and the vision for the London 2012 Olympic Games to combine three strands of work – sport, education and culture.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: China Daily

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