It was good to see a number of Inventive Principles at work in the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony on Friday night.
Segmentation, Dynamics and Merging (among others) enabled the design to solve a number of physical contradictions:
- There should be one flame and many flames (204 in all)
- The flames should be separated (so that each participating country is individually represented) and yet together (not separated) because all countries are united through a common Olympic spirit.
- The flames should be low (so that they can be lit from ground level) and high (so that the whole caboodle is more visible and impressive).
In many respects there a cauldron – and not a cauldron.