Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch sculpture
Public Art : Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch sculpture
Designers: © Original design by a team from Lenovo
Description: This is an enormous to scale
replica of the Beijing Olympic torch, measuring 3.6 metres high (four metres if you include the base) and weighing
350 kg. The torch is painted in "Qihong red", a special shade of red which was first used on lacquer ware in
China's Han Dynasty. The torch design is based on traditional scrolls and uses a traditional Chinese design
known as "Lucky Cloud". The red clouds on a silver background suggests the coming together of ancient
China with the modern world. The Torch is designed in reference to the traditional Chinese concept of Wu Xing,
the 5 elements that make up the universe ie water, wood, fire, earth and metal.
Date Unveiled: On the 30th of April, 2008 on the
day the real Beijing Olympic torched arrived in Hong Kong, a ceremony was held outside the Hong Kong Cultural
Mr Yang (Executive Vice-President of Beijing Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad), Mr Tang (the
Chief Secretary for Administration), Mr Fok (President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong,
China) , Mr Tsang (Secretary for Home Affairs) , Mr Li Guikang (Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the
Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) and Mrs Carrie Yau (the Permanent
Secretary for Home Affairs), unveiled the sculpture of the Olympic torch together.
Funded By: Government of the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region and the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong , China
Commemorative Sculpture of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch
The Olympic Torch Relay dates back to ancient Olympia, Greece. The Olympic flame was bestowed by
Appollo, the ancient god of the sun. It symbolizes the highest ideals of the Olympic spirit,
representing hopes and dreams , sunshine and happiness , friendship , peace and equality.
The theme of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay was "Journey of Harmony" and the slogan was "Light
the Passion Share the Dream". The torch with its auspicious cloud design expresses the idea of
The Olympic flame of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games arrived in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
of the People's Republic of China on 30 April 2008. The Olympic Torch Relay in Hong Kong took place on
2 May 2008. During the relay , 119 torchbearers from various sectors of the community passed the
Olympic flame from the starting point at Hong Kong Cultural Centre, through famous local scenic spots,
to the final stop at the Golden Bauhinia Square.
This Commemorative sculpture of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch was jointly put up by the Government of
the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong
Kong , China, at the starting point of Torch Relay in Hong Kong, in commemoration of this important and
meaningful event in the territory.
Location: The giant Beijing Olympic Torch is
located at the starting point of the Hong Kong leg of the Olympic relay, outside the Hong Kong Cultural
Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui ,near the Avenue of Stars, Kowloon , Hong Kong.
Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Trivia: It was Chief
Executive Donald Tsang who handed the torch to the first of the 120 torchbearers, Olympic medalist Lee Lai
There were several protests by different groups with differing agendas during the torch
relay in Hong Kong. One included members of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in
China and pro-democracy activist Szeto Wah, who both waved novelty inflatable plastic Olympic flames, which
they said symbolised democracy.
Lucky Clouds dates back to over a thousand years ago in China and is one of China's representative
cultural symbols. Lucky clouds, or auspicious clouds, are commonly used in Chinese mythology and are believed
to bring blessings and harmony.