The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today showcased prototypes of the London 2012 Olympic Torch to be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers.
Earlier this year designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby won the competitive bid run to design a Torch that reflects the celebratory nature of the Olympic Torch Relay and the Olympic Games.
The winning design connects the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay to each of the 8,000 Torchbearers and their community. The Torch’s triangular form is perforated by 8,000 circles representing the 8,000 Torchbearers and their stories of personal achievement and/or contribution to their local community which will be celebrated during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
The triangular form was also inspired by the identification of a multiples of three that are found across the vision and delivery of the Olympic games:
• the three Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship
• the three words that make the Olympic motto – faster, higher, stronger
• the fact the UK has hosted the Olympic games three times – in 1908, 1948 and 2012
• the vision for the London 2012 Olympic games to combine three strands of work – sport, education and culture.
Lit in Greece, the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK on 18 May 2012. Representing peace, unity and friendship, the Flame will be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers during the Olympic Torch Relay. As it makes its way across the UK on a 70-day journey it will bring the excitement of the Games to everyone.
Nominate a Torchbearer
The London Organizing Committee is looking for 8,000 truly inspirational people across the UK to carry the Olympic Flame. Individuals whose personal stories have the power to inspire millions of people watching the Olympic Torch Relay around the world.
Where is the torch relay taking place?
The Olympic Torch Relay will help shine a light on the whole of the UK – from dynamic urban areas to places of outstanding natural beauty.
Evening celebrations in towns and cities will show off the best of the local area, bringing people together to mark the Olympic Flame’s arrival.
Find out more about the history of the Torch Relay