Olympic Cauldron

I imagine that at sometime during the last several weeks you saw the Olympics. Perhaps you saw the 100m Sprint Final with Usain Bolt or the rowing when Australia scored gold. In some Physical Education classes students are analyzing these sporting performances and comparing the skills of world class athletes with their own to identify areas where personal improvement is required. The exercise is a valuable lesson for students and I can only imagine we all discovered something from watching the Olympics. I gained insight into something quite different and I thought I'd share with you the lesson I learnt.

The Olympic Cauldron was made up of 205 steel pipes and had individual copper petals engraved with the name of a competing nation. The sculpture was designed by Thomas Heatherwick. During the opening of the olympics the cauldron was a centerpiece, however, was later moved to the side of the stadium. Usually the cauldron stands above the stadium and for the London 2012 Olympics the flame caused controversy.

Instead of there being a single cauldron appearing above the stadium there were multiple screens around the venue displaying the olympic flame on massive screens. This enabled the cauldron to be more visible. In fact the image was displayed in numerous locations around London.

For a change the Olympic Cauldron was not centre stage and instead was replaced with digital means of presenting the Olympic spirit. This unique method of showcasing the flame demonstrates that technology offers new means of uniting our global society in a digital age.


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