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Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby were awarded the prestigious honour of designing the Torch, which was carried across the UK for 70 days leading up to the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. The Torch’s trilateral form was developed in recognition of a pattern of trinities in the history of the Olympic Games: this was the third time that the Games have been held in London (1908, 1948, 2012); the Olympic motto was ‘faster, higher, stronger’; and the vision of this Games was to unite ‘sport, education and culture’. The shape of the Torch enables easy grip, as does its tactile surface, perforated with 8,000 circles using cutting-edge laser technology. These circles symbolise the 8,000 individuals who took part in the Olympic Torch Relay and also create a unique level of transparency in the Torch, where you can see right to the heart of the Flame. Functionally, the circles reduce the Torch’s overall weight and ensure that heat from its Flame is quickly dissipated without being conducted down the handle. This Olympic Torch is one of the lightest ever, crafted from aluminium alloy, which was developed for the aerospace and automotive industries not only for its lightness but also for its tensile strength and heat resistance. It was thoroughly tested to function in high altitudes, sub-zero temperatures and significant winds.