Olympics closing ceremony brings games to an end
A closing ceremony designed by artistic director Kim Gavin has brought the London 2012 Olympic games to an end.
Gavin worked with a team including stage and costume designer Es Devlin for the show which saw a flaming phoenix rise as Thomas Heatherwick’s cauldron was dismantled in the same manor it was erected.
The copper petals making up the torch will now be taken home by each of the competing countries.
An opening section called Rush Hour showed a chaotic London scene, which gave way to Actor Timothy Spall playing Winston Churchill emerging from a model of Big Ben and the revealing of an artwork by Damian Hirst.
Hirst’s work - an abstracted impression of the Union flag - filled the floor of the stadium.
A miniature London skyline in the stadium dominated much of the ceremony which was largely music-based and curated by music director David Arnold.
Gavin says, ‘I was lucky because Seb Coe basically just asked me to put on a party; a celebration of London and the UK.
‘We wanted the Ceremony to reflect on UK music and how good and global British music is.’
Performers included Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, Ray Davies and One Direction.