Cauldron Makes its Final Ascent
Kicking off Rio Games
After former Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei de Lima lights the Olympic flame, the cauldron makes its final ascent, kicking off the Rio Games.
The Torch Design
The Olympic flame is an important symbol of the Games, representing peace, unity and friendship. The torch is used to pass the flame from one bearer to another during the relay, until the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.
Among the main innovative aspects of the Rio 2016 torch is the opening segments, revealing characteristics of Brazilian flair: harmonious diversity, contagious energy and exuberant nature.
Tocha Olímpica / Olympic Torch
The Mountains - Rio’s natural beauty, expressed in the green curves of its hills and valleys.
The Sea - Blue, organic and fluid ripples represent the sea, always present in the landscapes of Brazil and Rio.
The Ground - Our land, which is part of our history. Represented by the Copacabana promenade, the most famous piece of ground in Rio.
Olympic Spirit - Present in the triangular texture, reflecting the three Olympic values (excellence, friendship and respect), and in the segment floating effect, inspired by the bodies of athletes flying through the air.
Harmonious Diversity - A compound axis expresses unity and diversity, with individual parts that form a whole.
Contagious Energy - The segments open up and release energy for the moment of the kiss (when the flame passes from one torch to another).
Exuberant Nature - Profiles reveal the organic shapes of Rio’s nature and Brazil’s colors.
Rio Olympics’ cauldron:
The cauldron proper takes the form of a pot; as part of the organizers’ focus on preventing global warming, it was designed to have low emissions and produce a smaller volume of flame than previous cauldrons.
The flame is accompanied by a circular kinetic sculpture by Anthony Howe representing the sun, with the spirals representing life.