London 2012 opening ceremonies goes rural

'IDYLLIC' OPENING. London 2012 Olympic Games artistic Director Danny Boyle and volunteers reveal the opening set for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, 12 June 2012. Photo courtesy of LOGOC

A detail on the London 2012 opening ceremonies has been revealed: London’s newly constructed Olympic Stadium will be transformed into a scenic British rural scene. The set will be complete with meadows, fields and rivers, and will include 30 sheep, 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens and three sheepdogs. The show’s artistic director, Danny Boyle, said the $42-million ceremony is based on a vision of a “mythic” British countryside that will give the world a view of who British people are. Inspired by the Tempest and titled ‘the Isles of Wonder’, this opening ceremony, unlike others in previous years, aims to be less predictable and more personal.

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