As the Paralympics open today, remember the Olympic cauldron, designed by Thomas Heatherwick and his studio.

Thomas Heatherwick's amazing 'Cauldron' for the opening ceremony of the Olympics

If you do not know about Thomas Heatherwick and you are interested in art, then you should follow these links, book into the V & A exhibition, and look out for his design.  Described as the Leonardo da Vinci of his age, he is young and has much more to come.  Any image of his work tells it’s own story.

The Heatherwick Studio website will take you to his projects revealing a range of work from handbags to the new Routemaster bus.  His studio has designed buildings, boats and bridges.  His use of materials is elaborate, varied and without hierarchy.  It is the range of material and object which makes the comparison to Leonardo valid.

Design for Heatherwick's Routemaster London Buses

Design for a boat (!!)

An exhibition of his designs continues at the V&A until 30th September: V&A Heatherwick Exhibition.  Below are some helpful links, but click and be amazed and uplifted.

Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral. TED talk

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