London 2012 begins search for Olympic torch designer

Olympic organiser Locog has partnered with the Design Council to find a team of design, engineering and manufacturing talent to create the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic torches.

London 2012 begins search for Olympic Torch designer
London 2012 begins search for Olympic Torch designer

At least 8,000 Olympic torches will be needed to enable torchbearers to support the Olympic flame's journey the length and breadth of the UK during the 70-day Olympic torch relay.

Interested parties can register their interest on the CompeteFor website, the online ‘dating agency’ for matching potential suppliers with Games-related business opportunities.

A special panel of representatives from Locog, the Design Council and experts in Olympic and Paralympic sport will choose the winning design in October, with the torches unveiled in 2011 as part of the celebrations to mark ‘one year to go’ to the start of both of the torch relays.

"The creation of the torches to carry the Olympic and Paralympic flame is a unique opportunity for London 2012 to literally shine a light on the UK’s best design, engineering and manufacturing talent," said Locog CEO Paul Deighton.

"We are looking for an expert team to create the torches, which will be held by thousands of people who represent the very best of our nation as the UK begins its Olympic and Paralympic celebrations with the torch relays in the summer of 2012."

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