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The webcam picture shows now that also the areas for the throwing events and the pole vault at each end of the infield will also be red:

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So it's pretty apparent that they have chosen Beijing's "all red" concept and in the end, the stadium will look like this indeed:

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That's a pity - I thought that the orange/dark grey contrast on the first render looked so neat and interesting.

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THE WRAP IS BACK

Olympics organisers have selected Dow Chemical to produce a fabric “wrap” around the Olympic stadium, ending the search for private funding for the scheme scrapped last year to make savings in the games’ budget.

The project is Dow’s first since signing a 10-year agreement last year to become a worldwide Olympic partner.

The wrap was axed from stadium plans after the comprehensive spending review last year to help shave £20m off the £9.3bn budget. In February the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games announced it was seeking private sector investment to revive the project.

The Olympics “chemistry partner” will create and install the lightweight polyester material that will surround the stadium to showcase the games’ “crown jewel” in an attempt to rival Beijing’s “bird’s nest”.

The wrap will stretch from the ground to the upper tier of the 80,000-seat stadium and will comprise 336 panels, each 25m high and 2.5m wide.

Keith Wiggins, managing director of Dow UK, said the deal with Locog was the “perfect opportunity for us to provide a sustainable solution in what will be a very high-profile centre of the games.”

He insisted it was a good partnership for Dow, despite not being able to have their branding on the wrap. International Olympic Committee rules do not allow advertising in Olympic venues.

Instead, he said, Dow’s name will be on the wrap during its installation early next year and throughout the test events, before being removed on June 26 2012.

Mr Wiggins described the bidding process as a “situation where the needs of [Olympics] organisers and our capabilities matched,” adding: “We’re providing a solution which is lightweight and has a lower carbon footprint than the alternatives.”

A London 2012 official said that meeting Locog’s high sustainability standards was “critical” to winning the tender: “Dow came to the table with a strong proposition which worked in terms of sustainability, [and] they have great ideas on how the material could be utilised post-games.”

Mr Wiggins said the material for the wrap would be “functional and sustainable,” in line with promises by organisers to make next year’s Olympics the “greenest ever”.

Dow is considering various ways to “repurpose” the material after the games, which could even include using it for refugee shelters.

The company, which is hoping to generate about $1bn in incremental sales through its worldwide Olympic sponsorship, would not confirm whether initial estimates that the wrap would cost £7m were accurate.

This deal to supply the wrap is separate from Locog’s £700m sponsorship programme, which is set to be completed in the coming weeks.

Rod Sheard, the design team leader for the Olympic stadium at Populous, said the wrap “will provide a clear and memorable identity to the stadium”. He added: “We are very pleased with the announcement, as the wrap completes the enclosure of the structure and gives form to the lightweight frame that supports the elegant white roof.”

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Artist's rendering provided by Dow Chemical Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

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I dont think thats the final image

To coincide with the announcement, Populous released a “concept image” of a blank wrap, saying the final design would be “unveiled soon”.

The practice originally said the wrap could feature projections of the flags of competing nations or the pictograms used to represent each sport.

Rod Sheard, senior principal of Populous, said today: “The team has worked hard to achieve the design we unveiled four years ago and the wrap is one of the last elements to be put into place.

“It will provide a clear and memorable identity to the stadium. We are very pleased with the announcement, as the wrap completes the enclosure of the structure and gives form to the lightweight frame that supports the elegant white roof.”

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/populous-releases-concept-image-of-olympic-stadium-wrap/5022766.article

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Is there a link between Dow Corning and the IOC Top Sponsor DOW, specialised in chemical products & services ??

So, I have my answer this is the same DOW, the TOP Sponsors, that will provide the wraping !

http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/summer-olympics/2012/13787-london-2012-olympic-stadium-wrap-to-be-sponsored-by-dow-chemical-

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Jeez, damned if they don't, damned if they do:

Dow's London deal angers former players

Dow Chemicals will sponsor the £7 million artwork 'wrap' around the main stadium for London Olympics, 2012, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies and a series of other events during the sporting extravaganza. But Indian hockey Olympians from Bhopal are not amused. They have

decided to write to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Union ministry of sports to convince the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to cancel the deal. Otherwise, India should boycott the games to pay homage to thousands of lives lost in one of the worst ever industrial tragedies that struck the globe, said the local hockey Olympians like the legendary Aslam Sher Khan.

"We will ask the government to boycott the games if the LOCOG carries out the deal despite being conveyed the message in this regard," Khan told HT.

Local sporting greats were witness to the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984 in which about 15,400 people (figure based on official compensation lists) were killed and close to six lakh injured. Lethal gases had leaked from the local Union Carbide India Limited plant, a company that was subsequently bought over by global giant Dow Chemicals.

Several cases are pending in both Indian and UK courts about Dow's responsibility in cleaning up the staggering human and environmental mess.

Dow Chemical has not responded to a mail sent by HT regarding the Olympic sponsorship.

Sameer Dad, another hockey Olympian from the city, lost his maternal grandfather Syed Majiduddin in the tragedy. He feels the London Olympics should not be held with funding from Dow Chemical.

Hockey Olympian Syed Jalaluddin Rizvi also confirmed that the former players would write a letter to the IOA and the Union sports ministry to cancel the deal.

Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action, an NGO fighting for gas victims, said, "Funding from Dow Chemical will tarnish the legacy of the games.

Hindustan Times

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From 'Foundation' the SSC London forums:

I went on the Olympic park tour yesterday' date=' so a few things the guide mentioned from what I can remember, so who knows...

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[*]The final track surface hasn't been laid, and will be laid once ceremonial rigging is installed

[*]For ceremonies, everything will "fly-in" on cranes, via the triangular structures (that don't have lights) on the stadium crown

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Since Monday they haven't updated the interior webcam picture -- and they even took the link to the interior webcam from their webcam page: http://www.london2012.com/webcams/

So what does that tell us? They don't want to rely on the construction jacket anymore to prevent us from seeing what is happening in the stadium? ;)

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The Water Bus sign Has a really great deign of the Olympic stadium on it

I cant make it appear on the website for some reason but here is a link to my pictures I took yesterday,

http://www.flickr.com/photos/towerbridgefox/with/6187248462/

Also includes, table tennis tables made of metal at three mills green, and a new bridge faced in wood crossing Stratford high street,

Also while I was at the park yesterday I saw part of the stadium with the wrap and I have to say I don’t like it at all, I non longer have mixed feelings about this I think the wrap looks awful.

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Also while I was at the park yesterday I saw part of the stadium with the wrap and I have to say I don’t like it at all, I non longer have mixed feelings about this I think the wrap looks awful.

Without meaning to be nasty, that means i will probably like it. We rarely agree when it comes to design opinions. :D

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It needs the wrap, it really does. It looks dark and dingy underneath without it, not to mention unfinished.

Last time I heard the wrap would be coloured on the inside and white on the outer. Is this still the same Rob and do we have an idea if it will be multi-colored. And if so, what colours? I hope they use the Sophie Smallhorn design.

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Last time I heard the wrap would be coloured on the inside and white on the outer. Is this still the same Rob and do we have an idea if it will be multi-colored. And if so, what colours? I hope they use the Sophie Smallhorn design.

IMHO opinion, I'm guessing we'll have the Smallhorn vision, with a texture or finish on the "white side" that keeps DOW happy, and some funky lighting / projections when it gets dark

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It still amazes me how intimate and "close to the action" this stadium looks. This actually temporary stadium shows future athletics stadium builders how to do it.

By the way, I'm glad that we get at least some new aerial pictures. I miss the interior stadium webcam! :( :( :(;)

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