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2001/84/267 Olympic torch, metal / plastic, designed by Blue Sky Design, c. 1998, made by G A & L Harrington, used by Cathy Freeman, opening ceremony, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 2000. Click to enlarge.

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games torch used by Cathy Freeman

Made by G A & L Harrington Pty Ltd in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

This torch is perhaps the most compelling object of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It signifies the precise moment when the Games officially opened, and when the world focussed its attentions upon Sydney and Australian culture as a whole.

This Olympic torch was used by Cathy Freeman on 15 September 2000 to ignite the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony. It was designed by Sydney company, Blue Sky Design, and manufactured by G.A. & L. Harrington in anodised and textured aluminium. Its t...

Summary

Object No.

2001/84/267

Object Statement

Olympic torch, metal / plastic, designed by Blue Sky Design, c. 1998, made by G A & L Harrington, used by Cathy Freeman, opening ceremony, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 2000

Physical Description

Olympic torch used by Cathy Freeman. The torch is made from shaped steel with pivoting cover sleeve for access to the fuel cylinder. It has an internal burner and valve mechanism. The torch tapers towards the base. The main body of the torch is polished steel. The cover is made up of two shells; the first shell is anodised blue steel and contains a space for the fuel cylinder. The second shell has a white powder coating with a silver Sydney 2000 logo on either side. Inside the torch is an empty fuel cylinder.

Dimensions

Height

790 mm

Width

40 mm

Depth

100 mm

Production

Notes

Designed by Blue Sky Design. Design submitted to SOCOG on 28 February 1998.

Manufactured by G.A. & L. Harrington, Padstow NSW, c.2000

History

Notes

Used by Cathy Freeman to light the Olympic cauldron on 15 September 2000. Made for and owned by the Olympic Coordination Authority/Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after use in the Games. The Sydney 2000 Olympic torch received an Australian Design Award and the Powerhouse Museum Selection in 2000.

Source

Credit Line

Part of the Sydney 2000 Games Collection Gift of the New South Wales Government, 2001

Acquisition Date

5 October 2001

Cite this Object

Harvard

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games torch used by Cathy Freeman 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 March 2019, <https://ma.as/10767>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/10767 |title=Sydney 2000 Olympic Games torch used by Cathy Freeman |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=24 March 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display in Icons: From the MAAS Collection at the Powerhouse Museum.

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