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Heatherwick to design Cauldron for Olympic flames

Designer Thomas Heatherwick is drawing up plans for the Olympic Cauldron centrepiece at the London 2012 Games

The cauldron, which will house the Olympic torch throughout the event, will break from traditional and be built outside the main stadium, on a plot just north of the arena (see attachments).

The tower will be between 70m-150m tall and be visible inside the Populous-designed stadium.

According to statements made back in 2009, the flame will be fuelled by waste/sustainable wood.

A spokesman for the Heatherwick Studio said: ‘Thomas Heatherwick is really excited to have been asked to be part of this critical piece of London’s 2012 Olympics.’

Heatherwick’s much-acclaimed Shanghai Expo Pavilion is currently shortlisted for a Brit Insurance Design Award. His redesigned London Routemaster bus is also expected to start operation before the 2012 Games.

The cauldron is not expected to be revealed until the opening day of the Games on 27 July 2012.


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