Film director Danny Boyle has revealed plans to transform Populous’ Olympic Stadium into the ‘rolling British countryside’ for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games
The artist director behind the much-anticipated Olympic opener said the scene would represent ‘a traditional and idyllic view’ of the nation’s meadows, rivers and rivers.
Hailed as one of the largest sets ever built, the Green and Pleasant centrepiece of the ceremony on 27 July will pay hoamge to Glastonbury Tor and feature families taking picnics, sport being played on the village green and ‘farmers tilling the soil whilst real farmyard animals graze’.
Among the livestock lined up to play a key role in the event are 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese, 70 sheep, and three sheep dogs.
The set will cover the whole field of play inside the stadium and will feature the national flowers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Boyle, of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire fame, said: ‘The ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be.’
Seb Coe, LOCOG chair, said: ‘With only 44 days to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony one of the biggest sets ever built for a show is beginning to develop in the Olympic Stadium.
‘With a worldwide TV audience of a billion people and a cast of over 10,000 talented volunteers, I’m sure that Danny’s ceremony will be a fantastic celebration that will welcome the 10,500 athletes from around the world and make our nation proud.’