Incredible Photos of the Olympic Cauldron

The Olympic Cauldron was the highlight of last night’s Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics in London. Produced by Thomas Heatherwick, the cauldron represented the end of the opening ceremony and continued the Olympic’s best-kept secret until last night’s reveal.

The cauldron highlighted 204 copper petals, each depicting one of the competing nations. The petals were brought to the stadium by each team as part of the athletes’ procession. As each team finished their approach, they attached a petal to a long pipe in a ring at the center of the arena.

When the cauldron took center stage, seven young athletes selected by former British Olympic champions passed the flames from the torches to some of the petals, eventually setting all of them ablaze. The 204 petals then rose simultaneously, forming a giant Olympic torch for all of the worlds to witness. For full coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics in London.

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