Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games torch prototype, stand and video

Made by Designamite in Australia, Oceania, 1998.

In early 1998, SOCOG invited over fifty local design companies to submit proposals for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic torches, and the portable cauldrons that would feature at Torch Relay celebrations. The detailed and exacting brief comprised broad specifications that reflected the enormity of the Torch Relay, and the environmental concerns that underpinned the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Essentially, the selected torch and cauldron would withstand the extreme weather conditions that...


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Physical Description

Torch prototype, stand and video, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, moulded plastic / carbon fibre / aluminium / video tape, designed by Katie Molnar, manufactured by Designamite, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1998

Torch prototype model from Molnar Design including a torch with aluminium torch stand and video titled "Torch - Molnar Design V.2". The torch prototype is made from moulded plastic and carbon fibre material. The body of the torch is curved and tapers towards the bottom. The torch features silver grey curved patches and clear unpainted plastic through which black carbon fibre composite material can be seen. This patterning is representative of the Sydney Angophora bark. The stand is rectangular in shape and has curved edges with a hollow centre. Across one section is another aluminium join with a protruding cylinder from the top. This is hollow and enables the torch to be inserted. The stand is silver in colour. The video is in VHS format.



Designamite 1998


Molnar Design null



Katie Molnar presented this torch prototype, stand and video to the Sydney 2000 Torch Selection Committee on 23 February 1998. The submission was one of three finalists in the design competition for the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic torches.

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.


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


Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games torch prototype, stand and video 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 January 2018, <>


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