The Olympic cauldron has been moved to its news position in preparation for the athletics.

After being lit in the middle of the Olympic Stadium during an enthralling opening ceremony on Friday, the cauldron was moved last night to its new position. It will now be located at the south end of the Stadium in a similar position to its 1948 predecessor's position within the old Wembley.

The London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony included the Queen, a Beatle and Mr Bean, but centre-stage went to the Olympic cauldron. A global audience of around one billion tuned in to watch seven young athletes light the Thomas Heatherwick designed cauldron. The structure is comprised of 204 steel pipes and copper petals, which were added throughout the ceremony with each competing country contributing a petal that had been individually designed and inscribed.

In a small ceremony the flame was transferred from a miner's lamp, used to keep it alight throughout the relocation, back to the cauldron by torch-bearer Austin Playfoot, who was selected to relight the flame following his role as a torch-bearer for the 1948 Olympics, the last time London hosted the Games.

Heatherwick, Designer of the cauldron, said: “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.

“We felt that sharing it with the screens reinforced the intimacy within it. If it had been a huge beacon lifted up in the air it would have had to be bigger, and would have somehow not met the brief that we discussed with Danny Boyle of making something that was rooted in where the people are.” 

Posted on 30/07/2012