Concerning the Cauldron Design
I am a Designer myself, mainly in the field of Graphic design, Arts and Fashion -
(i do teach at a renowned Art and Design School in Belgium) I think that the Sochi
Cauldron makes a good effect from far, but have to agree that the close ups and
the disney like fountain show + neon lights look very very bad taste!
All in all - we came a far way from the Garmish-Partenkirchen 1936 industrial tank like
cauldron - up to this newest spacecraft version!
My own personal fav. are still both of the 1992 Summer and Winter cauldrons;
i do remember that in Albertville there were several ones, one on each competition site -
Athens - perfectly well integrated in that Calatrava roof
London - all about the gesture, the ligntning, the symbolic level of what it all stands for
Lillehammer - not so much about the cauldron > more about the torch!!!
Nagano - what an ugly mess that was... i do hope they get the 1964 one out for 2020!
Salt-Lake - no comment!
Sydney - no comment! star trek meets technical problems during the show...
Torino - the stadium didn't match with the nice cauldron shape!
Vancouver - no comment (disney-galore) + technical problems during the show...
and then all the older ones;
Munich, Montreal, Mockba, Lake Placid, Sarajevo, Calgary, Seoul (poor doves) etc etc -
Well the simplicity of the Munich Cauldron still stands out by far...
Don't forget a could cauldron = the spot it stands on
+ the stairs that lead up to it
+ the lighting method
but again - as the french say:"Les goûts et les couleurs ne se discutent pas" - there is no accounting for taste -
** a GOOD not a 'could' cauldron ) cheers