The Olympic flame and cauldron have been moved from their ceremony position in the centre of the field of play at the Olympic Stadium to a place where athletes and spectators will be able to enjoy their striking aesthetic appeal throughout the Games.
Visitors to the Olympic Park over the weekend had commented that they were unable to enjoy the sight of the cauldron, but after having been temporarily stationed in a special miners lantern it has now been moved to its resting place in the same position as the Opening Ceremony Bell had occupied on Friday evening. It will be represented on big screens throughout the park over the coming weeks.
Thomas Heatherwick’s spectacular structure, which was of course officially lit by a group of seven aspiring young talented athletes in the Opening Ceremony, now sits at the south end of the arena.
Made up of 204 steel pipes and individually designed copper petals, inscribed with the competing nation’s names, the cauldron was in fact officially relit by London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer Austin Playfoot who also carried the Olympic torch at the 1948 London Olympics.
Playfoot commented: ‘When I ran with the Olympic flame in Guildford I never thought I would get this close to the cauldron, it brought me to tears when it lit up. It will be an incredible inspiration to the athletes here.’
Cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick, added:‘There is the precedent of the 1948 Games of the cauldron set within the stadium, to one side with the spectators, and with the technology we now have that didn't exist in 1948 it can be shared with everyone in the Olympic Park with screens.’
At the end of the Games, each country will take their petal home and the London 2012 cauldron will cease to exist.