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It'd be nice if this cauldron actually ends up looking like a cauldron. You know, a bowl or container shaped. There hasn't been one like that since Salt Lake (Beijing's was more of a large candle, if that makes sense). But seeing as Heatherwick is the designer, it's probably going to be very sculptural and something that dosen't look like its suppose to hold a flame when it isn't lit.

I though Beijing was quite Cauldronesque myself - similar in shape to Lillehammer. I agree though I'd rather it was cauldron in appearance - can still be neat and stylish but ultimately it shouldn't detract from the flame.

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I agree Bejing's cauldron just tied the entire branding of the torch relay together and remained quintessentially chinese. Though I loved everything about the Athen's opening ceremony the cauldron design itself was a major disappointment.

To me Athens cauldron design and lighting method is pure class and perfection.

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I also hope the lighting sequence music is good and fitting. Sydney and Athens' choices were fantastic.

Everything since 2004 has been overly dramatic, cheesy, and/or sounded like it came out of a cheap audio stock library.

(So many things to consider when thinking about cauldrons / lightings!)

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Don't get me wrong NY20 and Kevzz. I loved the moment that was the lighting of the cauldron of Athens. The music the lights the energy the fireworks display I loved every minute of it. But the cauldron itself as a piece of architecture central to the culmination of the olympics I think it fell flat but when seen how it was used that's where the impressive ness comes.

Bejing was Beautiful as a work of art but the moment took way too long to happen and was over way too fast. Athens and especially Sydney worked well to create a feeling still centered around the flame after it was lit. Beijing just lit it and then the fire works went off.

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I really like Athens' cauldron and its lighting. It was a brilliant idea to have a camera behind it; that shot of the cualdron rising in front of the athletes, camera's flashing all over a stadium... great drama.

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Just posted this on Skyscraper

I'm sure there is a big X or + mark where the cauldron is meant to go on the plans, look close between the pods, I can't post the picture because it wont let me so here is the link to the topic on Skyscraper.

http://www.skyscrape...1471792&page=16

Here you go. I don't see the x though. (Click here for larger version.)

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Here you go. I don't see the x though. (Click here for larger version.)

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This "X"?

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This "X"?

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I thought he was referring to odd-looking double-length pod, which is more closely in line with the Tor (but right behind the light tower on the stadium's axis). Where you circled also makes sense because it is between the two light towers. But right around there seems likely.

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All signs point to this area. The lighting on the stadium, the TOR is just on the other side, the "blueprints". I would agree with all of these, but the only issue is that it is in the main flow of pedestrian traffic. If you view every entrance/exit ramp the pathways are clear. Tens of thousands of people need to enter and exit through these areas. London has been very wise about human flow patterns, the cauldron and tower would only block and markedly decrease the flow through the area. I do however feel that this is the side of the stadium where the cauldron would exist. This is my theory because the large screens mounted on the other side of the stadium would allow those sitting on the north side to view the "moment".

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This photo actually jogged my memory of a Jason Hawkes photo from a few weeks ago -- it's a nice panorama that you can zoom in on: http://www.jasonhawkes.com/blog/360/buildBFianl/virtualtour.html. If you zoom in on the circled area in that picture, you will see a break in the shard pattern right where the circle is that appears to be some construction. By the time this picture was taken, it's hard to see the break unless you zoom in and have it circled (thanks dah05). There also appears to be some construction in the Hawkes photo to the left of the two square pods.

It seems like the circle is the most likely spot. But the other construction site to the left might indicate a triangular structure or base, much like the light towers in the stadium. The center of the triangle would be in line with the middle of the stadium. And the "double pod" could support wires and motors that would lower the triangle to lean out over the edge of the stadium and then pull it back to upright. Just a thought...

The only odd thing about these locations is that they would impede some of the traffic coming over those two bridges. But otherwise this seems about right.

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I will never truly understand why after the Barcelona Lighting that Atlanta went with such a **** lighting sequence. The choice of Ali was perfect, and the cauldron itseld was nice, depicting a scroll but that scaffolding was just hideous, it should have been on a pole, similar to the torch. and i am sure that they could have came up with a more spectacular lighting to fit with the greatest sportsman of the century.

They started off well with the flame entering from the centre of the stadium and also being run up that awesome ramp

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I dont know about any issues with Atlanta's lighting except that it went downhill from after Ali wa revealed. Does anyone else know of this (?) I couldnt see that he lit the wrong end judging only from the tv footage - I dont think there was a 'wrong end'.

It was a simple small capsule shaped thing on the cable up to the Cauldron and after Ali touch the torch and flame against it, the capsule thing ignited and very painfully slowly started moving and eventually gathered speed (too late) nearer to the Cauldron. So I'm guessing a problem or poorly designed cable mechanics, not which part of it was lit.

i agree with you about the emergence of the flame from the centre, up the ramp and then the choice of Ali, just magnificent. He did deserve better than what followed after he lit it,

But honestly, Atlanta's actual Cauldron was butt ugly, similar to a big red large fries holder from Macdonalds.

I've never heard that before, that Ali did anything wrong. But it definitely took longer for the flame to travel up to the cauldron than planned... If you watch the Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting's clean feed of the ceremony it sounds like someone pauses the music track when they realise just how long it is taking.

Yes, Atlanta's cauldron was quite ugly compared to most but strangely I have always been fond of it. In fact that's pretty much how I feel about the whole Atlanta 1996 Games lol. There were problems, perhaps some tacky moments but there were also some truly grand moments and I have always been fascinated by them (okay, with that comment please nobody start the Gamesbids annual Atlanta argument lol).

I believe it was discussed here years ago that the original concept for the Atlanta lighting was for torchbearers to run up the stairs of the cauldron tower, but NBC(?) kicked up a stink about it not being practical for camera angles etc. So although that wouldn't have been that much more spectacular than what actually took place, the fact that they had to change their lighting concept does in part explain why it was such a poor answer to Barcelona's flaming arrow. And it does show that there was a purpose to the tower itself and why it had all those stairs (I.e. it could have just been a simple tower like Torino's).

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I dont know about any issues with Atlanta's lighting except that it went downhill from after Ali wa revealed. Does anyone else know of this (?) I couldnt see that he lit the wrong end judging only from the tv footage - I dont think there was a 'wrong end'.

It was a simple small capsule shaped thing on the cable up to the Cauldron and after Ali touch the torch and flame against it, the capsule thing ignited and very painfully slowly started moving and eventually gathered speed (too late) nearer to the Cauldron. So I'm guessing a problem or poorly designed cable mechanics, not which part of it was lit.

i agree with you about the emergence of the flame from the centre, up the ramp and then the choice of Ali, just magnificent. He did deserve better than what followed after he lit it,

But honestly, Atlanta's actual Cauldron was butt ugly, similar to a big red large fries holder from Macdonalds.

Hahaha a fries holder from Macdonalds... Thats a good analogy.

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Los Angeles 1984 also used a re-furbished 1932 chimney Cauldron - but it looked ugly.

I beg your pardon. LA's classic deco-influenced cauldron was designed as the apex of the Coliseum's iconic peristyle. It is simple, elegant and in perfect harmony with the architecture of the period.

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I beg your pardon. LA's classic deco-influenced cauldron was designed as the apex of the Coliseum's iconic peristyle. It is simple, elegant and in perfect harmony with the architecture of the period.

Yes, it suits the stadium nicely. But the flame on its top is not very impressive. It's actually a giant candle.

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It goes to show just how dramatic the transformation of the area has been, that the green bridge is one of the few remaining parts of the old site.

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Carpenters Lock / Bridge over City Mill River by captainzep, on Flickr

I'm liking SwissO's theory about the white plate on the island. It's on a direct line from the bell, through the Tor, and satellite imagery from a couple of years ago shows that the plate was in place as the stadium was being fitted out (this image is from June 2010):

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There's one other confidential reason why I'm pretty confident about this location for the cauldron, which I can't reveal here. So I'm writing it on this piece of imaginary paper, and putting the paper in this imaginary envelope, which I'll open on July 28th to prove the sceptics that I'm not mad!

There is a dot/mark in the exact same place the x is on the picture I posted yesterday.

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It's still ugly, I'm sorry to say.

Yes the LA Colliseum used in the 1932 and 1984 Games looked splendid and was art deco influenced. Also their 1984 Opening Ceremony was grand, hollywood style and stunning.

During the 1984 lighting, the flame burnt up through the Olympic rings, then got to the actual Cauldron which was disappointingly chimney style in appearance, with an awful black painted top. It still looks ugly to this day on the top of the Stadium. Its unfortunate that for both the LA and Atlanta Games, their Cauldron choices were very poor.

However, the organisers of the 1984 Summer Games were the first to be 'privatised' and also the first to make a profit.

Remember too that the 1928 Amsterdam Games just before the 1932 LA were the first Games of the modern era that a Cauldron was lit at an Olympic Games, so Cauldron design was very much in its infancy.

With a modern themes like the flying rocket man at the 1984 Opening Ceremony, it's a pity they didn't also update the Cauldron.

I VIOLENTLY disagree with you on this.

The cauldron and the peristyle work together as a unified icon not only of Lis Angeles, but of the Olympic Games. Together they are elegant and harmonious -- perfectly in proportion. Even if the cauldron were ugly (WHICH IT ABSOLUTELY IS NOT), changing it would destroy the peristyle and ruin the Coliseum's status as a historic site.

I don't understand why you recap the ceremonies content, the profitability of the Games, etc. -- points that are universally known on these boards and extremely well known to me since I was there and own the official report of the Games.

Who cares if there's a rocket man and a cauldron dating to the 30s? Since when is honoring history -- especially when it's done with such architectural style and integrity -- incompatible with contemporary elements. "Bulldoze a historical treasure because it's not the same vintage as the ceremony content." Seriously?

The ceremony was primarily historical on nature anyway. It featured pioneers in covered wagons, "Rhapsody in Blue", and old Gospel music. Exactly which period is the architecture supposed to match?

The cauldron and peristyle are a stunning historical landmark and I would take any action necessary to prevent them from being changed.

Obviously you have no appreciation for the history or architecture and your aesthetic judgements are absolutely baffling to me.

Then again, you're an Aussie. Sydney picked a UFO cauldron design, removed it from the stadium, threw away the original base and propped up the pseudo-space age disc on a random assortment of pipes after the Games.

That suggests

1.) a preference for the pseudo-futuristic (which I personally find cheesy).

2.) no attempt to integrate cauldron and stadium.

3.) no respect for history or legacy.

In that sense I suppose your view makes sense, but I see absolutely ZERO merit to your argument that LA's cauldron be pulled down in favor of something "futuristic."

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Then again, you also think the Orbit is a good place for London's cauldron and you have no problem with asking Heatherwick to work with Kapoor's monstrosity. I think that tells us all we need to know about your taste where cauldrons are concerned.

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The Stadium is nice, the Cauldron is ugly.

So you're just going to keep repeating "ugly" ad if that proves something? You can't detach the cauldron from the peristyle without destroying the venue. Evidently grace, unity and architectural cohesion are worhtless to you. As I said, your opinion of the Orbit as a cauldron location explains everything here.

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Didn't the Atlanta lighting have issues though? As in, it wasn't supposed to be slow and clumsy, but Muhammad Ali lit the wrong end?

Can't find a video anywhere but I'm sure when they relit it for the Paralympics it happened alot quicker - though it's possible they lit it a bit higher up (did the lighter raise themselves up similar to how they did in Beijing?)

For me Athens was perfect after a spectacular but over complicated affair in Sydney. Also liked the way the Olympic rings were lit during the ceremony - if a flame has to fly to meet the target that's how you want to see it done, not slowly rise as it did in Atlanta. Beijing did nothing for me really - the actual lighting was fine, but the lap running round the air just delayed the moment for me rather than built up to it.

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There seems to be a lot talk about the tree prop being related the cauldron. Maybe the final torch bearer will climb on top of the tree and it will rise up to the top of the stadium where the cauldron will appear or the tree will "open up" to reveal the cauldron.

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