Published On: Sun, Aug 12th, 2012

Highlights of London Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony

London Olympic Closing Ceremony

Damien Hirst’s artwork transforms the previously monocrome newsprint Union Jack set into a centrifugal explosion of red, white and blue – an expression of the dynamic, anarchic energy of British Pop Art.

London Olympic Games Closing Ceremony presented a most spectacular and vivid farewell to the global gang of most revered athletes and sportsmen.  Various scintillating Artwork signified the last day Olympic Village. Damien Hirst’s artwork transformed the previously monocrome newsprint Union Jack set into a centrifugal explosion of red, white and blue – an expression of the dynamic, anarchic energy of British Pop Art.

There were also monochrome recreations of London landmarks covered in newsprint, from Big Ben’s clocktower and Tower Bridge to the London Eye ferris wheel and the chubby highrise known as the Gherkin.It all spread out across an Olympic Stadium floor arranged to resemble the British flag.

The closing ceremony offered a sensory blast including rock ‘n’ roll rickshaws, dustbin percussionists, an exploding yellow car and a marching band in red tunics and bearskin hats.

Actor Timothy Spall poses as former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill

Actor Timothy Spall poses as Sir Winston Churchill atop Big Ben during the Closing Ceremony, reciting Caliban’s poignant lines from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, beginning ‘The isle is full of noise’, which opened the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.

It was all delivered in a psychedelic mashup that had 80,000 fans at Olympic Stadium stomping, cheering and singing along. Organizers estimated 750 million or more were watching around the world.

British music was the centre of the ceremony. The show was called A Symphony of British Music and involved both established acts and new talent, to celebrate music having been one of Britain’s strongest cultural exports over the past 50 years.

A total cast of 15,000 took part in the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and was  viewed by an estimated audience of 750 million. Muse performed the official song of the 2012 Olympics, “Survival”.

Other confirmed performers included Take That, The Who,George Michael,  the Spice Girls, and Ed Sheeran. Others seen rehearsing for the closing included Annie Lennox, Kate Bush, Pet Shop Boys, Madness, Kaiser Chiefs, Brian May and One Direction.

Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell featured in a segment celebrating British fashion.  Jessie J performed in an open-top Rolls Royce, while Pet Shop Boys entered the stage on bicycle rickshaws. Taio Cruz performed the song “Dynamite”. Comedian and Monty Python memberEric Idle was also photographed rehearsing and is expected to lead the crowds in a mass singalong of  “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.

The show featured models of London landmarks, including Tower Bridge, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral. Del Boy’s Reliant Regal three-wheeled van from Only Fools and Horses was also rumoured to be part of the show, in a segment replicating the London rush hour. 

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