Ancient carvings provide inspiration for icons


"BEIJING Olympics organizers have again tapped the nation’s roots by using
calligraphy to design 35 new icons representing the sporting events at the 2008

The organizers earlier chose stylized calligraphy for the main
Olympic logo: a running figure inspired by Chinese characters. The new
set of icons draws on several traditional elements, including Chinese seal
script, oracle bone writings and bronzeware script – all simplified into modern

The pictograms were unveiled in Beijing yesterday at a
ceremony that doubled as the start of the two-year countdown to the August 8,
2008, event. Chinese graduate school student Wang Jie came up with the
idea for the icons while reading rubbings from stone inscriptions…"

Shanghai Daily