The story of ‘Betty’ is almost at an end. As 2012 draws to a close, the last of the cauldron petals have been carefully packaged and removed from our workshops to be dispatched around the globe, providing each participating nation with a beautiful legacy of the Games.
After the London 2012 Closing Ceremony, the 204 petals that comprised the cauldron bowl were returned to Yorkshire where we removed the oxidisation accumulated during the two weeks’ burn, mindful to retain the unique patina each petal had acquired whilst playing host to the Olympic flame. Each petal was then mounted on an engraved black gloss plinth and enclosed within a clear acrylic box.
We have taken great pride at being involved in such a unique and memorable project and the generous concept behind Thomas Heatherwick’s design means that 204 petals that originated in our workshops will end up in 204 different nations around the world – a truly global event coming to a unique and satisfyingly global close.