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Torch design to blaze new path
By Lei Lei (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-12-07 06:11

A campaign was launched yesterday to find the perfect design for the 2008 Beijing Olympic torch.

Torch design to blaze new path
1936 Games
in Berlin
Height: 27 cm
Weight: 908 grams.

Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) announced that the solicitation period will run until February 28, 2006.
Torch design to blaze new path
1996 Games
in Atalanta
Height: 80.5 cm
Weight: 1,550 grams.
"Our concepts of the torch design are 'glory and dream, tradition and modernity, culture and harmony,'" said Zhang Ming, deputy director of BOCOG's Culture and Ceremonies Department.

"Design proposals for the Beijing Olympic torch are supposed to artistically interpret the rich connotations of these concepts."

Torch design to blaze new path
2000 Games in Sydney
Height: 72 cm
Weight: 1,000 grams
According to Zhang, submissions are also expected to display the distinguishing features of the Beijing Games, namely "Chinese style, cultural splendour and contemporary spirit," and to fully demonstrate the vitality and passion of the torchbearers,

"BOCOG also requires that the proposed designs should be original and creative, and that the torch incorporates state-of-the-art technology," Zhang added.

As stated by Zhang, anyone interested is welcome to contribute. The request forms for proposals and other related documents can be downloaded from beijing2008.com, the official BOCOG website.

"The organizing committee of the torch design will also invite specialized art and industrial design institutes to contribute designs, as well as individual designers, including those who have been involved in the torch designs for previous Games," Zhang said.

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