Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch sculpture

Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch sculpture, Hong Kong, public art

Public Art : Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch sculpture

Designers: © Original design by a team from Lenovo Group

Description: This is an enormous to scale replica of the Beijing Olympic torch, measuring 3.6 metres high (four metres if you include the base) and weighing 350 kg. The torch is painted in "Qihong red", a special shade of red which was first used on lacquer ware in China's Han Dynasty. The torch design is based on traditional scrolls and uses a traditional Chinese design known as "Lucky Cloud". The red clouds on a silver background suggests the coming together of ancient China with the modern world. The Torch is designed in reference to the traditional Chinese concept of Wu Xing, the 5 elements that make up the universe ie water, wood, fire, earth and metal.

Date Unveiled: On the 30th of April, 2008 on the day the real Beijing Olympic torched arrived in Hong Kong, a ceremony was held outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre where Mr Yang (Executive Vice-President of Beijing Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad), Mr Tang (the Chief Secretary for Administration), Mr Fok (President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China) , Mr Tsang (Secretary for Home Affairs) ,  Mr Li Guikang (Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) and Mrs Carrie Yau (the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs), unveiled the sculpture of the Olympic torch together.

Funded By: Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong , China


Commemorative Sculpture of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch

The Olympic Torch Relay dates back to ancient Olympia, Greece. The Olympic flame was bestowed by Appollo, the ancient god of the sun. It symbolizes the highest ideals of the Olympic spirit, representing hopes and dreams , sunshine and happiness , friendship , peace and equality.

The theme of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay was "Journey of Harmony" and the slogan was "Light the Passion Share the Dream". The torch with its auspicious cloud design expresses the idea of harmony.

The Olympic flame of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games arrived in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on 30 April 2008. The Olympic Torch Relay in Hong Kong took place on 2 May 2008. During the relay , 119 torchbearers from various sectors of the community passed the Olympic flame from the starting point at Hong Kong Cultural Centre, through famous local scenic spots, to the final stop at the Golden Bauhinia Square.

This Commemorative sculpture of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch was jointly put up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong , China, at the starting point of Torch Relay in Hong Kong, in commemoration of this important and meaningful event in the territory.

Location: The giant Beijing Olympic Torch is located at the starting point of the Hong Kong leg of the Olympic relay, outside the  Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui ,near the Avenue of Stars, Kowloon , Hong Kong.

Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Trivia: It was Chief Executive Donald Tsang who handed the torch to the first of the 120 torchbearers, Olympic medalist Lee Lai Shan.

There were several protests by different groups with differing agendas during the torch relay in Hong Kong. One included members of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China and  pro-democracy activist Szeto Wah, who both waved novelty inflatable plastic Olympic flames, which they said symbolised democracy.

Lucky Clouds dates back to over a thousand years ago in China and is one of China's representative cultural symbols. Lucky clouds, or auspicious clouds, are commonly used in Chinese mythology and are believed to  bring blessings and harmony.


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