The event of the year, inarguably, London 2012, started in Camden on July 26th . Everyone was expecting a big buzz around the streets of Chalk Farm and Camden Town, and rightly so. The torch was to arrive in its historic glory passing the eternal flame before a final stretch through the capital’s landmarks, anticipated by millions.
This saw Camden as the welcoming host for the London Olympic torch, and its streets were filled with hundreds of spectators, lined up along the sidewalks, climbed up on shop rooftops, filling glasses with champagne, from as early as seven in the morning to get a glimpse of the kiss between the two torches and take part in this fascinating happening.
To reflect on these exciting local events and show a true warm welcome to everyone in Camden, we spent a few days preparing an exciting window display – we made our own torches from craft paper, and let the sun beams light up their flames through colourful transparent paper. Then we surrounded them with dozens of green leaves, which, as if floating in the air, hung on thin silver strings to shape a beautiful frame.
Even more intricate and time-consuming though was our following window display project, which replicated the symbolic Olympic rings, or, in our case – Olympic wreaths. Made from hundreds of pieces of recycled brown paper, each cut by hand, folded, drawn on and glued to a base of cardboard.
It took about three days to finish the five wreaths, and, in time for the start of the Olympics, there they were, magnets for the photo lenses of tourists and locals alike.
We couldn’t think of a place warmer and more welcoming than Camden to start the torch’s journey through London and we were very excited to be a part of it.
Our Olympic wreaths will stay for a while to cheer neighbours and new Camden visitors, so swing by our shop soon if you’d like to feel the Olympic spirit of Camden and catch a glimpse of them yourself.