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2001/84/319 Relay batons (4), aluminium, made by United Canvas & Sling (UCS), United States c. 2000, made for SOCOG for track events, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, used in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000. Click to enlarge.

Relay batons made for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Designed
These four aluminium relay batons were manufactured by the United States Company, United Canvas & Sling (UCS), for track events at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. A complete set would have included eight, individually coloured batons that would have been used in random order. These examples have been safety-rolled to avoid sharp and uneven edges, and have been silk-screen printed to feature the Olympic rings, the UCS logo and 'Sydney 2000'wording. Together, the batons represent the Sydney 2000 branding that visually coordinated all SOCOG sports equipment.

The colours for the Sydney 2000 relay batons came directly from the Sydney colour palette - a compilation of eleven tones that reflected the tonal contrasts of Australian culture and landscapes. These four examples feature Sydney blue (the principal colour in the palette), Sydney lime, Sydney yellow and Sydney cyan. (The complete sets included four additional batons in Sydney red, Sydney rubine, Sydney silver and Sydney purple.) The correct application of Sydney 2000 colours and branding was described in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Image Guidelines, and was overseen by the Sydney 2000 Image Department. Only official sponsors and licensees, such as UCS, were entitled to carry the Olympic rings and Sydney 2000 wording on their products.

The batons would have been used in men's and women's 4 x 100- metre relay and 4 x 400-metre relay at Stadium Australian on 29 and 30 September 2000. These were part of the 47 athletic events of Olympic competition.

Summary

Object No.

2001/84/319

Object Statement

Relay batons (4), aluminium, made by United Canvas & Sling (UCS), United States c. 2000, made for SOCOG for track events, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, used in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000

Physical Description

Relay batons, set of 4 titanium enameled batons. Each baton is hollow and cylindrical. Each baton is a different colour, yellow, dark blue, lime green, light blue and each has the Olympic Rings and "Sydney 2000" painted on the surface of the baton.

Marks

On base of each baton 'UCS TM'.

Production

Notes

The colours of the Sydney 2000 relay batons came directly from the Sydney colour palette - a compilation of eleven tones that reflected the tonal contrasts of Australian culture and landscapes. The Sydney 2000 wording was designed in 1998 as part of SOCOG branding. The batons themselves were designed by the United States company, United Canvas & Sling (UCS).

The United States company, United Canvas & Sling (UCS) made the batons in around 2000 from safety-rolled aluminium to avoid sharp and uneven edges. They were silk-screen printed to feature the Olympic rings, the UCS logo and 'Sydney 2000' wording.

These batons were made c.2000.

History

Notes

Similar batons were used in men's and women's 4 x 100-metre relay and 4 x 400-metre relay at Stadium Australian on 29 and 30 September 2000. These were part of the 47 athletic events of Olympic competition. This set of batons appears to be unused.

These batons were made for and owned by the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. They were presented to the Powerhouse Museum by the Olympic Coordination Authority on behalf of the Government of NSW.

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

Relay batons made for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 October 2020, <https://ma.as/10782>

Wikipedia

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