The cauldron, which won South Bank Sky Arts award for the best British work of visual art in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Design Museum’s 2013 Designs of the Year award for product design, will be formally acquired into the museum’s collection. It will join other London 2012 objects such as Tom Daley’s trunks, the yellow jersey worn by Bradley Wiggins in the Opening Ceremony and a 2012 Olympic torch. All of which are currently on show until 31 October 2013 at the museum in an exhibition called ‘Opening the Olympics’.
Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London, said:
“Thomas Heatherwick’s Olympic cauldon is an icon of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It is an incredible feat of design and engineering, as well as being both beautiful and awe-inspiring. For me, the cauldon evokes many memories from last summer when all eyes were on London. My thanks go to Thomas Heatherwick and his team for working with us on this thrilling new display.”
Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the cauldron, said:
“It was a privilege to be able to play a part in London’s phenomenal 2012 Games. An Olympic Games is so special for the way in which more than two hundred participating countries stop their usual squabbling with one another to come together for two weeks and compete in a festival of sport and physical achievement. We felt that there was an opportunity for London's cauldron to reflect this precious piece of international togetherness and to symbolise the best of the collaborative human spirit. We are honoured for our design model and test pieces of the cauldron to become part of the Museum of London’s collection of objects which represent this city’s rich culture and history. ”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:
“For its first showing since the Games Heatherwick's gorgeous Olympic cauldron could not be in better company. It will become part of the Museum of London's superb collection of objects and artefacts covering 450,000 years of our city's history, evoking the optimistic spirit of that thrilling summer in the greatest city on earth.”
Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport, said:
“The Opening Ceremony for London 2012 showed the very best of Britain to the world and culminated in the unveiling of Thomas Heatherwick’s unique Olympic cauldron representing the 204 competing nations coming together. The Government and the Mayor have worked together to ensure that the Olympic cauldron will now form the centre piece of a Museum of London display so that people have a permanent reminder of the iconic moments of last summer.”
The Olympic cauldon display is supported by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.