Learn more about the man, Thomas Heatherwick, who created this iconic design.
This article titled “Thomas Heatherwick: the man who designed the Olympic cauldron” was written by Alex Needham, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 30th July 2012 13.16 UTC
Since his emergence in the late 1990s, the work of designer Thomas Heatherwick has been hugely acclaimed. He was called “the Leonardo da Vinci of our times” by his mentor and fellow designer Terence Conran.
However, it is Heatherwick's design for the Olympic cauldron that has made him a household name. When the cauldron, codenamed Betty, was lit by seven young athletes, and its 204 copper “petals” rose to create one huge flame, it caused jaws to drop around the world.