Olympic cauldron modeled to 'replicate the sun'

Olympic cauldron modeled to 'replicate the sun'

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NBC Olympics.com – On Friday night Olympians filled Maracanã Stadium, marking the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

At the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony, focus turned to the Olympic cauldron as Vanderlei de Lima approached with the Olympic torch.

The beautiful sculpture, designed by Washington kinetic wind sculptor Anthony Howe, was set in motion and began glowing in the fire's light.

"My vision was to replicate the sun, using movement to mimic its pulsing energy and reflection of light," said Howe in a press release. "I hope what people take away from the cauldron, the Opening Ceremonies, and the Rio Games themselves is that there are no limits to what a human being can accomplish."

The two-ton cauldron made it's journey to Rio in late July.

Check out more of Howe's work here.