Barcelona 1992; The Olympic Cauldron

The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games are widely regarded as one of the most successful ever. Throughout 2017, 25 years later, we look back at the Games that forever changed Barcelona. (see all posts in this series)

 

Part 13 – The Olympic Cauldron

25 Years ago today: The opening ceremony of the 1992 Summer Olympics took place in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys (read more).

The cauldron was lit by a flaming arrow, shot by archer Antonio Rebollo.

 

Photo: Martijn Giebels
Photo: Martijn Giebels
Photo: Martijn Giebels
Photo: Martijn Giebels
Photo: Martijn Giebels

Rio 2016; Artist Anthony Howe talks about the Olympic Cauldron

“Anthony Howe discusses creating the cauldron for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Howe is a kinetic wind sculptor from Orcas Island, Washington. To learn more about his work visit www.howeart.net.”

Video by SuperNova IMC on YouTube

 

Video by Rio 2016 on YouTube

 

Photos

Rio 2016 Olympic Cauldron. Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games

Rio 2016 Olympic Cauldron. Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games
Rio 2016 Olympic Cauldron. Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games
Rio 2016 Olympic Cauldron Olympic Boulevard. Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games

 

Ceremonies

Watch the lighting and extinguishing of the Cauldron in Maracanã Stadium.

London 2012; Two years on – Cauldron on display

london 2012 opening ceremony
©Martijn Giebels

Today marks the second anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games. On July 27th 2012 the cauldron (designed by Thomas Heatherwick) was lit.

london 2012 cauldron
©Martijn Giebels

 

The cauldron is now on display in a new exhibition in the Museum of London:

The London 2012 Cauldron – Designing a moment

From July 2014 a new home for the London 2012 Cauldron will tell the story of this iconic symbol of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The exhibition will celebrate Thomas Heatherwick’s cutting edge design and the unforgettable moment it was revealed to the world during the Olympic opening ceremony.

Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN

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©Museum of London
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©Museum of London
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©Museum of London