Museum of London to exhibit Heatherwick’s Cauldron permanently

Thomas Heatherwick’s London 2012 Olympic Cauldron will go on public display for the first time at the Museum of London.

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Source: Edmund Sumner

A new gallery designed and built by Stage One, the creative engineers behind the 2012 Cauldron, will house the structure in a permanent pavilion in the Museum’s courtyard. Drinkall Dean has worked on the overall storytelling and interpretation design.

Designing a Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron will aim to tell the design story of the Cauldron from its preparatory stages through to the main event. 

The Cauldron on display will be composed of the original steel stems alongside test versions of the copper petals.

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Source: Heatherwick Studio

It will be presented as two sections; one showing the 8.5m tall Cauldron in its upright position and the other in its open formative position.

After the Games, the original 164 petals were sent to each of the competing countries, where delegates were asked to pose for a picture of their petal in its new home.

The images were sent to Heatherwick Studio, which will share them as part of the exhibition.

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Source: Jasper White

Behind the scenes films, footage of the ceremony, and technical drawings have been included in the exhibition as well as design secrets from the production stage such as wooden forming blocks on which each copper petal was created. 

The exhibition, which opens on 25 July, honours not just the work of Heatherwick Studio but also other partners including Drinkall Dean, which has worked on interpretation design, creative engineers Stage One, and metalworking experts Contour Autocraft.

Heatherwick says, ‘The Cauldron design was kept secret until it was revealed at the opening ceremony, which created an engaging and engrossing experience for many.

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Source: Geoff Caddick

It’s exciting to reveal the engineering feats that were necessary to make such an extraordinary project happen. The exhibition will give the public the chance to revisit a moment at the heart of London’s most successful sporting event.’

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