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Photo: Thomas Feichtner Studio

Very special: Torch for the 2017 Winter Olympics

Appropriately, the design comes from designer Thomas Feichtner, who has won many prizes and awards. It symbolizes everything that makes the Winter Games what they are. The last event took place in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. The 2017 Games will be held in Austria, in the regions of Graz, Schladming and Ramsau am Dachstein.

Feichtner’s design for the torch is based on a simple geometrical shape: the hexagon, which is the fundamental form of every ice crystal and a conceptual link to all the sports venues, disciplines and athletes. Just as no two ice crystals are exactly alike, the athletes are unique in their individual impairments. Derived from the hexagonal crystal system, the torch consists of three offset hexagons which taper off towards the bottom. It is an interplay of surfaces, lines and edges, made of aluminum and steel. It is a self-assertive, formal approach with high recognition value: design as a facet of identity, both for the athletes and for the Styria region.

Involving 2,700 athletes from 107 nations, the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 will be the world’s largest sporting event for people with intellectual disabilities. The Olympic torch will be lit in Athens in February; it will then be carried through Austria in a total of 49 different communities.

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