GUANGZHOU, China – The 16th Asian Games, part of the worldwide Olympic movement and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia is presenting two torch designs for next year’s Games.
Two designs entitled The Tide and Exploit have been have been shortlisted for the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games. The torch is an important symbol of an Asian Games, embodying its vision and the host city’s image. Since launching the solicitation of torch design proposals, GAGOC has engaged a number of expert teams experienced in design and development in the project. After rounds of selection, two designs have been shortlisted for the Games Torch
The Tide is tall and straight in terms of shape while dynamic in terms of image. The upper part of the exterior of the torch is pierced with Guangzhou’s delicate ivory carving techniques. The pierced part looks like rising and flowing flames; the solid part looks like flowing water symbolizing spirits of the Lingnan culture such as inclusiveness and innovation. The exterior of the torch is in the distinctive reddish color of the flower of bombax ceiba, the flower emblem of Guangzhou, embodying the power and passion of life. The overall style of “The Tide” is in line with the Emblem and Pictograms of the Games.
Exploit has been designed with elements of the Games’ symbols and core patterns, featuring the color of orange, a major color representing the Games.
The torch comprises of two parts – a silvery white shell with a rising and dynamic image and an orange inner container covered by the shell. From the bottom to top of an upright Exploit, thin orange curves gradually become broader, symbolising the Pearl River flowing into the sea and extending from inland areas to the ocean and the world. The image highlights spirits of the Lingnan culture in Guangdong Province such as inclusiveness, innovation and progressiveness.
Both the Tide and Exploit torch designs are easy to hold. When lit, the burning flame and the rising curves form a harmonious whole. The curves are sprayed with luminescent materials, making both torches visible at a lighting ceremony.
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