Art directed by Danny Boyle, the set design will feature meadows, fields and rivers, as well as families taking picnics, sport being played on the village green and farmers tilling the soil while real animals graze – including 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 ducks, nine geese, 70 sheep and three sheepdogs.
The set will also feature the national flowers of all four home nations – the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and the flax of Northern Ireland.
Boyle says, ‘The ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be.’
Seb Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, says, ‘With only 45 days to go, one of the biggest sets ever built for a show is beginning to develop in the Olympic Stadium.
‘I’m sure that Danny’s ceremony will be a fantastic celebration that will welcome the 10 500 athletes from around the world and make our nation proud.’
The opening ceremony will be held on 27 July.