Opening ceremony Olympic rings created by Sussex company

  • 1 August 2012
  • From the section Sussex
Opening ceremony
Image caption About 14,000m of LED lighting was used to create the Olympic rings for the London 2012 opening ceremony

One of the most spectacular sights in the London 2012 opening ceremony using the five fiery Olympic rings was created by a company in East Sussex.

It took 20 people, three months to create the rings at Howard Eaton Lighting in Cooksbridge, near Lewes.

During the ceremony, the five rings were seen to be forged in the Industrial Revolution and flown above the stadium to create the Olympic logo.

Adrian Thomas, electronics engineer, said: "It was quite a task for us."

The rings took two weeks to install and included 14,000m (45,900ft) of LED lighting.

The company has also worked on various West End Shows including Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Wicked, and they made the car for the stage show version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Danny Boyle, the creative force behind the opening ceremony, approached the company with the idea.

"It's huge, absolutely huge," said Mr Thomas. "It's been referred to as five West End shows all put together."

As part of the contract for an eco-friendly games, the rings are now being recycled with the lighting and wiring being taken apart.

The company is now working on another project for the closing ceremony on 12 August.

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