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The Olympic torch for London 2012 was designed by two east Londoners, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. The designers won a competition run by the London 2012 Organising Committee.

It has been rather applauded actually. It won the the Designer of the Year award by the Design Museum, London, in April this year. Made by aluminium alloy, it is perforated 8,000 times to represent the 8,000 Torchbearers who carried the Olympic Flame; lightness of material is emphasised all throughout the design.

To me, it just looks like a cheese grater turned upside down. The designers should have really looked at the previous models put out by other countries and produced a better model for the London 2012 games.


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