Best cauldron ever! 204 copper and steel petals of the Olympic cauldron being lit before being lifted up to form one giant flame designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Olympic cauldron built in 'Bond-style gadget workshop' says architect as organisers vow to make giant flame carbon neutral

Best cauldron ever! 204 copper and steel petals of the Olympic cauldron being lit before being lifted up to form one giant flame designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Atlanta 1996 Olympic cauldron. Atlanta Fulton County stadium in the background is no longer there, but the scaffolding and cauldron remain.

Atlanta 1996 Olympic cauldron. Atlanta Fulton County stadium in the background is no longer there, but the scaffolding and cauldron remain.

Olympic Cauldron - Melbourne, Australia 1956 Summer Olympic Games Ron Clarke lighting flame- a few years later he would set a number of world records over 3m/5k & 6m/10k as well as winning an Olympic bronze

Olympic Cauldron - Melbourne, Australia 1956 Summer Olympic Games Ron Clarke lighting flame- a few years later he would set a number of world records over 3m/5k & 6m/10k as well as winning an Olympic bronze

Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Add Around The Rings on www.Twitter.com/AroundTheRings & www.Facebook.com/AroundTheRings for the latest info on the Olympics.

Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Add Around The Rings on www.Twitter.com/AroundTheRings & www.Facebook.com/AroundTheRings for the latest info on the Olympics.

Olympic Cauldron - Sydney, Australia -  2000 Summer Olympic Games

Olympic Cauldron - Sydney, Australia - 2000 Summer Olympic Games

Olympic flame, Barcelona, 1992

Olympic Flame at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992

Olympic Cauldron - Barcelona, Spain 1992 Summer Olympic Games

Olympic Cauldron - Barcelona, Spain 1992 Summer Olympic Games

Munich - 1972 Günter Zahn, holding the torch after lighting the Olympic cauldron

Munich - 1972 Günter Zahn, holding the torch after lighting the Olympic cauldron


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Best cauldron ever! 204 copper and steel petals of the Olympic cauldron being lit before being lifted up to form one giant flame designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Olympic cauldron built in 'Bond-style gadget workshop' says architect as organisers vow to make giant flame carbon neutral

Best cauldron ever! 204 copper and steel petals of the Olympic cauldron being lit before being lifted up to form one giant flame designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Olympic Cauldron - Barcelona, Spain 1992 Summer Olympic Games

Olympic Cauldron - Barcelona, Spain 1992 Summer Olympic Games

The Olympic cauldron as seen from Olympic Stadium (Sheila S. Hula)

The Olympic cauldron as seen from Olympic Stadium (Sheila S. Hula)

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron after the Opening Ceremony. Photo: ©Ursula Petula Barzey.

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron after the Opening Ceremony. Photo: ©Ursula Petula Barzey.

Sydney 2000 Olympic Cauldron reused as fountain

Sydney 2000 Olympic Cauldron reused as fountain

2004 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece. The Cauldron itself was designed to look like a giant replica of the 2004 Olympic torch, and this time the Cauldron came to the final torch carrier. 1996 gold medalist windsurfer Nikolaos Kaklamanakis did the lighting before the Caldron swung back upward and remained raised his above the stadium.

2004 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece. The Cauldron itself was designed to look like a giant replica of the 2004 Olympic torch, and this time the Cauldron came to the final torch carrier. 1996 gold medalist windsurfer Nikolaos Kaklamanakis did the lighting before the Caldron swung back upward and remained raised his above the stadium.

The Music of the Olympics: Lighting the Athens Cauldron (2004)

The Music of the Olympics: Lighting the Athens Cauldron (2004)

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