London 2012 Olympic Cauldron Wins South Bank Awards Prize

The Olympic cauldron has been honoured at this year's South Bank Awards with the accolade of best visual prize.

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the cauldron comprised of 204 petals representing each country competing at the Games.

Heatherwick's design beat the Olympic Velodrome and Turner-Prize nominated artist Paul Noble.

In July, Heatherwick said: "We were aware cauldrons had been getting bigger, higher, fatter as each Olympics happened and we felt we shouldn't try to be even bigger than the last ones," he said.

The Olympic cauldron's design has been universally praised

"This incredible event has 204 nations coming together, so we had a child from each country bringing these copper polished objects in. At the end of the Games this cauldron will dismantle itself and radiate back down to the ground and each of those copper pieces will be taken away by each nation."

Heatherwick added the location of the cauldron was a homage to the 1948 London Olympics and where it was positioned in the old Wembley stadium.

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