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London 2012 Olympic Torch Design Revealed

Three is the magic number for the newly revealed Olympic Torch for 2012.

Its triangular design has been inspired by the three significant trios behind the London 2012 Olympic Games. These include:

  • the three Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship
  • the UK has hosted the Olympic Games three times
  • the vision for the London 2012 Olympic Games to combine three strands of work – sport, education and culture

The torch was designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and engineered and built by British firms Tecosim and The Premier Group.

It’s 80cm high, made of aluminium and weighs just 800g, making it one of the lightest in the history of the Olympic Movement. The gold torch is perforated by 8,000 small cut-out circles, representing the 8,000 different Torchbearers and their stories of personal achievement.

The circular holes, which run the length of the torch, mean people can see right into the heart of the object – and they’re practical too, helping keep the torch cool.

The 70-day Olympic Torch relay will take in most of the UK ahead of next year’s Games.

The relay starts at Land’s End on 19 May and travels 8,000 miles before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.

We think it looks rather classy – what do you think?