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The British designer Thomas Heatherwick was the mastermind behind one of the   best-kept secrets of the Opening Ceremony - the cauldron.

London 2012: Thomas Heatherwick, the designer behind the Olympic cauldron that stunned viewers

The British designer Thomas Heatherwick was the mastermind behind one of the best-kept secrets of the Opening Ceremony - the cauldron.

Flaming cauldron.  A series of small torches rises up to form a majestic version of the Olympic cauldron.

Flaming cauldron. A series of small torches rises up to form a majestic version of the Olympic cauldron.

Thomas Heatherwick § 2012 Olympic Torch in London

Thomas Heatherwick § 2012 Olympic Torch in London

“Nothing has been harder than designing for the Olympics," says Heatherwick, who sent us the drawings below. "It is the most public moment one can ever be involved in. I am humbled and excited, and above all very proud to have played a part in this significant moment for Great Britain.”

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick: model and drawings at V&A

“Nothing has been harder than designing for the Olympics," says Heatherwick, who sent us the drawings below. "It is the most public moment one can ever be involved in. I am humbled and excited, and above all very proud to have played a part in this significant moment for Great Britain.”

The London 2012 Olympic cauldron.

The London 2012 Olympic cauldron.

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