Creating a legacy for Olympic project

Creating a legacy for Olympic project

Creating a legacy for Olympic project

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CREATIVE construction and manufacturing firm Stage One has designed a new exhibition to showcase one of its most famous creations.

The Tockwith-based company has produced a pavilion at the Museum of London to house a new gallery called Designing a Monument: The London 2012 Cauldron.

The gallery tells the story of the Cauldron, which was designed by Thomas Heatherwick's Heatherwick Studio and made by Stage One for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It is the first new gallery addition to the museum since 2010, and will see parts of the Cauldron go on public display for the first time since the games.

Jim Tinsley, Stage One's technical director, said: “Heatherwick Studio’s Cauldron was not just one of the most unusual and complex devices we have ever built - it was also the one that gave us the most pleasure to solve.

"The whole thing was extraordinary: the chance to work with a creative yet highly precise and logical mind like Thomas’s, on a global hold-your-breath moment that worked so, so beautifully. We might have been tearing our hair out at times, but what a joy, what a privilege.”

The Cauldron was made from 204 unique copper elements, each alight and representing every competing nation, arranged in concentric formation at the tips of mechanised steel stems.

The stems pivoted sequentially to form the Cauldron, in which the Olympic and Paralympic flame burnt for the duration of the games.

After the end of the Games, the original copper elements from the Olympic and Paralympic Cauldrons were distributed across the globe to all of the competing nations.

On display in the new gallery is two huge sections of the Cauldron, built by Stage One, including the original steel stems and test versions of the copper elements.

The exhibition also features exclusive filmed interviews with creative engineers from Stage One as well as Thomas Heatherwick, the artistic directors of the Paralympic opening ceremony, and metalworking experts from Contour Autocraft.

The gallery includes a large display of photographs with National Committee representatives, proudly posing with their respective scorched and tarnished petals.

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