American Anthony Howe, noted for his kinetic wind sculptures, wanted to "replicate the sun"
Visitors to the Candelária church in downtown Rio will not have failed to notice the striking kinetic sculpture in front of the Olympic flame. The work of art is, in fact, part of the Rio 2016 hybrid version of the traditional Olympic Cauldron, and will remain on display until 21 August, the final day of the Games. The artist behind the unique sculpture, Anthony Howe, is celebrated for his works of art that move through the power of the wind.
Andrucha Waddington, one of the opening ceremony's creative directors, explained that the design reflects the Olympic flame, which only requires a small amount of gas. "It's quite small but has this big sculpture. It's beauty lies in the wind-driven movement."