On Wednesday, at an east London school the one-eyed mascots were unveiled by London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics organizers. The one-eyed mascots are named as Wenlock and Mandeville. The two cartoons were formed from two drops of steel from a factory in Bolton, and have a single central eye, explained as a camera lens.
After the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, Wenlock is named. While Mandeville name comes from Stoke Mandeville, in Buckinghamshire, home to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Daily Mail reported. To set up a new spinal unit to help former soldiers suffering from spinal cord injuries, Dr Ludwig Guttman came to the hospital in the 1940s.
To boost the petition of two characters among the children, they have also back-stories, written by children’s writer Michael Morpurgo, it explains how they were formed from two drops of northern steel from the girders that make up the Olympic Stadium.
As designed for children, Lord Coe, the 2012 chairman, described the mascots.
“They’re fun and a great way, we hope, of engaging them and exciting them to take up all sorts of things.”
“We’ve worked very hard with research groups, we’ve spoken to lots and lots of children.”
“What they told us was they wanted something that they related to, and they wanted something that was a really good story.”
However, the mascots have already been recommended as one-eyed Cyclops by Critics. The mascots may not be as soft and cuddly as those seen at other previous tournaments like Berlino the Bear at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin, according to critics.
To promote the logo, a segment of animated footage was claimed to activate seizures in a small number of people, prompting it to be removed from the official London website.
In stead of toys like cuddly mascots Kids prefer ‘something they can interact with and something with a good story behind it‘, as per London organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe.
Photos of London 2012 Olympic Mascots
Video of the Mascots of London 2010 Olympics from Youtube: