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  1. Haha. I think I could've got more out of her, actually. But we got talking about how well it'd been kept a secret and I bottled it - I don't want to spoil the surprise for myself!
  2. I finally made it to the brilliant Heatherwick Studio exhibition at the V&A today - I would strongly encourage anyone interested in art or design to go along. I enquired about the model of the Cauldron that will be we wheeled out following the Opening Ceremony. The lady there remained tight-lipped, but told me that she'd seen 'part of it', and that I must come back to see it because 'it's going to be beautiful'. Not a lot of clues to go on, but the Cauldron has at least her approval.
  3. I believe this is actually an old shot from the '2012 Hours To Go' event rehearsals in May - there were dozens on Twitter at the time. Still stunning, though.
  4. Some slightly different ariel shots from The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/9331468/Aerial-photographs-of-London-at-dawn.html?frame=2248126
  5. Some slightly different ariel shots from The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/9331468/Aerial-photographs-of-London-at-dawn.html?frame=2248126
  6. It's being reported that the London Symphony Orchestra have indeed been asked to mine for the Opening Ceremony. Controversial, and a shame, but not a great surprise: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9309058/Orchestra-told-to-mime-at-Olympics.html
  7. Right you are. The gap at 121 is just one of the tunnels, as can be seen in my signature picture below. Oh well, the thought was fun while it lasted.
  8. Has anyone taken a look at the venue seating plans for both the Opening Ceremony and Athletics? Opening Ceremony: http://www.london2012.com/mm/Document/Documents/Venue/01/24/17/29/KDVENUESTAOpeningCeremony_Neutral.pdf Athletics: http://www.london2012.com/mm/Document/Documents/Venue/01/24/17/14/KDVENUESTAAthletics_Neutral.pdf They don't appear to be plugging the seating gap by Block 121 for the Athelitcs. Could this mean that whatever they're building the stage for at this end of the stadium, be it the bell, cauldron or something else, will stay there for the duration of the Games?
  9. This piece about / interview with Heatherwick is well worth a look: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/9285796/Thomas-Heatherwick-Design-is-like-solving-a-crime.html ...as is this talk he gave at Ted about the Seed Catherdral: Neither give much away about the cauldron itself, but both really affirm my faith in Heatherwick and his Studio to get this right. I know this applies to all cauldrons, but with Heatherwick in particular, I think we can expect a real synthesis between art and functionality. He seems a genuinely charming and unassuming guy, too, quite contrary to the stereotype you might have in mind when picturing a high-profile London-based designer. He certainly wouldn't work as the cauldron designer on the Twenty-Twelve mockumentary...
  10. The longest day is 21st June, so it will be dark for most of the ceremony - but you're right, we should get some nice dusky-shots of London at the start. A setting sun would provide a beautiful backdrop for the opening stages.
  11. Not a bad shout! The title of the ceremony is of course 'Isles of Wonder', so I wouldn't be at all surprised to see some kind of representation/visualisation of an island. The Thames has also featured quite prominently so far (with the bid logo and the medals in particular) so perhaps that's also theme we can expect to see explored.
  12. Likewise, but after over an hour of trying I did manage to get tickets for the Orbit for the evening of the men's 100m final between 9.30pm - 10.pm. It looks as though we should be able to get some good views of the track so I'm trying to convince myself that I was effectively buying two tickets to the men's 100m final for £36. Really nice picture by the way, Fox.
  13. Let's not forget about the biggest bell in Europe they've commissioned for the Opening Ceremony too (and no, I don't mean Boris Johnson) - that's got to go somewhere.
  14. My brother went on a helicopter ride over the Olympic Park yesterday and managed to get some really curious shots of the ceremony preparations -- take a look at them here: https://picasaweb.google.com/105364703788775932956/OlympicParkCredited?authkey=Gv1sRgCKWVg9PSvvqcVg&noredirect=1
  15. My brother went on a helicopter ride over London yesterday and managed to get some great shots of the Park and Stadium -- I haven't found anything too revealing, but you check them out if you want to look for more Cauldron clues: https://picasaweb.google.com/105364703788775932956/OlympicParkCredited?authkey=Gv1sRgCKWVg9PSvvqcVg&noredirect=1
  16. ...That said, I don't think this reveals anything new. I would hope that Seb Coe has seen diagrams and storyboards of almost every element of the ceremonies, no matter how dramatic, complicated or otherwise.
  17. That's right. I think he denied having seen any rehearsals yet, but when asked about having seen any diagrams he said 'maybe', and when asked if he had seen a storyboard he gave the same response. However curious I am, I hope nothing of this sort leaks -- they're doing a pretty fine job of keeping it all under wraps so far.
  18. I don't suppose that too much can be read into this, but the official London 2012 video game -- which has constructed some of the venues in pretty immaculate detail, including the corresponding branding colours -- features a cauldron tower to the north of the Olympic Stadium: It looks far too generic to resemble anything Heatherwick would do, surely, and the organisers of course wouldn't allow a video game to give away the surprise, but perhaps it does support the original plans and speculation insofar as it is a tower to the north of and visible from the stadium. Note, this trailer is from January and says 'Work In Progress', but the same cauldron can be seen pretty prominently and dramatically in the recent videos/trailers too.
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