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Thomas Heatherwick on the meaning behind the Olympic Cauldron

Olympic Cauldron Photo: Press Association

The 28ft (8.5m) tall Thomas Heatherwick-designed Cauldron now sits at the southern end of the stadium, ahead of the 100m finish line in the same place where the giant bell was struck to start the opening ceremony.

The Olympic Cauldron was lit by seven young athletes during the opening ceremony Credit: Press Association

The Cauldron, made up of 204 steel pipes and individually designed copper petals inscribed with the competing nation's names, was then moved to a position inside rather than above the stadium, just like the cauldron was at Wembley for the London 1948 Games.

Thomas Heatherwick designed the Olympic Cauldron

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