Olympic 'golden torch' revealed
Published 08/06/2011 | 10:12
A golden torch will be carried by the 8,000 runners on the London 2012 torch relay, it has been announced.
The Olympic Flame will burn from a curved triangular aluminium tube which has a lace-like mesh complete with 8,000 holes - one to represent each torchbearer.
The triangular shape of the torch also symbolises the three times that London has staged the Games - 1908, 1948 and 2012. This is a special feat in Olympic history.
The torch, which will carry the Olympic Flame to the London 2012 Games opening ceremony, has been created by design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "The torch that carries the Olympic Flame during the Olympic Torch Relay is one of the most recognisable and significant symbols of an Olympic Games.
"Members of the public right across the UK are busy nominating inspiring people to be torchbearers and I am thrilled we have a beautifully-designed, engineered and crafted torch for them to carry."
London 2012's Olympic torch relay will start on May 19 in Land's End and travel as far as the outer Hebrides.
An average of 110 people a day will take centre stage by carrying the Olympic Flame on its journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the Games.
Mr Barber and Mr Osgerby have achieved worldwide success by creating innovative furniture and products from a range of materials since opening their studio in 1996.
They won a competitive tender, run by London 2012 and the Design Council, to create the torch, and they described it as "quite simply the best project going - to design an icon for the Games".