30 July 2012
Last updated at 15:52
The Olympic cauldron was the talk of the London 2012 opening ceremony and visitors at the Victoria and Albert Museum can now see a model version. Thomas Heatherwick designed the structure and the first major solo exhibition of his work has been opened to the public as part of London 2012 Festival.
A model of the design for the cauldron, used by Heatherwick - described as the "Leonardo da Vinci of our times" by Sir Terence Conran - was added to the exhibition after the opening ceremony on Friday, 27 July.
The cauldron is made up of 204 flames in copper petal-like bowls mounted on stems. A prototype of the petal is also on display.
The exhibition covers a range of designs from his varied career including The Vents project in Paternoster Square, St. Pauls, London. The design was conceived from an earlier paper folding experiment undertaken by Heatherwick while he studied at the Royal College of Art.
The Rolling Bridge on the Grand Union Canal in Paddington Basin, London was opened in 2004. The bridge provides an access route for workers and residents whilst also allowing access for boats to moor in the inlet. The bridge gently curls open through the use of ingenious hydraulic rams in its balustrades.
In 2004, Heatherwick designed The Zip Bag with French luxury goods company Longchamp. The bag is made from a single zipper that when opened doubles the size of the bag. The iconic bag became a bestseller for the company.
The Wellcome Trust commissioned Heatherwick to produce a major eight-storey high installation for their Central London headquarters. Bleigiessen is made from 142,000 glass spheres suspended on 27,000 high tensile steel wires.
Heatherwick Studio won the competition to design the UK national pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Based on the themes of cities and nature, the Seed Cathedral was constructed from 60,000 transparent Perspex rods, each encasing seeds from the Millennium Seed Bank.
'A New Bus For London' was produced in partnership with specialist manufacturer Wrightbus. The bus boasts two staircases and three doors. It also incorporates an open platform, a much-loved feature of the iconic 1950's Routemaster.
Heatherwick Studio were commissioned to design a new bio-mass power station on the banks of the River Tees in the north of England. The power station will occupy a third of the site with four hectares set aside for indigenous grassland. Planning consent was granted in March 2010.