Crontec company profile, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, paper, plastic, written by Crontec, Sydney, c. May 1997
In late 1997, SOCOG invited over fifty local design companies to submit proposals for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic torches and portable cauldrons that would feature at Torch Relay celebrations. The detailed and exacting brief comprised broad specifications that reflected the enormity of the Torch Relay and the environmental concerns that underpinned the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Essentially, the selected torch, cauldron and fuel system would withstand the extreme weather conditions that might arise during the relay, including high winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour, torrential rain and hail, extreme temperatures, humidity, dust and snow. They would be safe to transport, store, and operate, as well as simple to repair and easy to use. The torch itself would burn for up to thirty minutes while the portable cauldron, with a much larger fuel system, would burn for no less than twelve hours. Moreover, both the torch and cauldron would be ergonomic for the young, elderly and disabled, lightweight, fuel-efficient, and inexpensive to mass- produce. (The combined Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays would require 14,200 torches and 187 community cauldrons.)
The Sydney design company, Fink!, responded to this brief with two torch prototypes, Birth and Flight, which used layered imagery to evoke the entire living environment: "the cultural life of the Sydney Opera House; the culture of the boomerang and indigenous ceremonial sticks; the living forms of fauna of land, sea and sky, and the omnipresent floral bud. This unity is bound together with the green ring, symbolising the earth" (Design Submission, Fink!, 23 Feb. 1998). Fink! realised this imagery through a simple, aluminium, interlocking shell that formed a lightweight yet robust torch and fuel cell. The Olympic and Paralympic torches would feature the same, basic design but would incorporate distinguishing colours, finishes and logos.
Echoing the indigenous themes in the torch design, the portable cauldron would represent an Aboriginal coolamon: a wooden or bark vessel for holding water. The anodised aluminium body would rest upon a brushed stainless steel plinth, and would hide the fuelling system.
Fink produced a comprehensive document to support this tender, and enlisted Crontec, toolmakers, metal stampers and engineers, to assist with the fuel system and torch designs. Essentially, if Fink! were to win this tender, Crontec would be responsible for cleaning the cauldron and torch components, spot welding, surface treatment, assembly and packaging.
On 23 February 1998, Fink! submitted this Crontec company profile as part of its design tender for the Sydney 2000 torch and community cauldron. In combination with the Fink! written submission, this profile represents the role that Crontec would have played in the manufacture of the Sydney 2000 torch, cauldron and fuel system. In addition, the profile reflects the detailed and highly competitive tendering process that preceded production of the Sydney 2000 torches and cauldrons.
Included in Fink design submission for the Sydney 2000 torch and portable cauldron, 23 February 1993.
Made for and owned by the Olympic Coordination Authority/Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after use in the Games.