Thursday, July 26, 2012

Olympic Flame in N.W. London

The Olympic Flame is in London, just a couple of days before the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It is an opportunity for the community to get together and embrace the Olympic Spirit, uniting people from all backgrounds. 

A very precise ritual for the lighting of the Flame is followed at every Games. It is lit from the sun's rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the ancient Games. After a short relay around Greece, the Flame is handed over to the new Host City at another ceremony in the Panathinaiko Stadium, in central Athens. 

The Flame is then delivered to the Host Country, where it is transferred from one Torchbearer to another, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship. It ends its journey as the last Torchbearer lights the cauldron at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, making the official start of the Games. The Flame is finally extinguished on the final day of the Games, at the Closing Ceremony.

The Torch for the London Games was designed by East Londoners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who won the opportunity through a competitive tender run by the London 2012 Organising Committee and the Design Council. 

The Torch is made up of an inner and an outer aluminium alloy skin, held in place by a cast top piece and base, perforated by 8.000 circles. Representing the inspirational stories of the 8.000 Torchbearers who have and who will carry the Olympic Flame, the circles which run the length of the body of the Torch also offer a unique level of transparency. Thus it is easy to see right to the heart of the Torch and view the burner system.   The circles also help ensure heat is quickly dissipated, without being conducted down the handle, and provide extra grip. 

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