Olympic Ring Spectaculars to Decorate Russian Cities
The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has announced the towns where Olympic Spectaculars will be installed in advance of the upcoming Games in Sochi. From October 2013 to January 2014, the Olympic Spectaculars will be placed along the route of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay in Kaluga, Ryazan, Naryan-Mar, Perm, Kirov, Voronezh, Astrakhan, Grozny and Sochi. They will continue to decorate Russian towns and cities through the end of the Olympic Winter Games.
The Olympic Spectaculars will be constructed in popular urban spaces, attracting a great deal of attention due to the high visibility and the liveliness of the streets. For example, the Spectacular, in the form of the Olympic rings, in Voronezh will be situated by the park on one of the oldest squares of the city. The Olympic rings will be placed on Akhmad Kadyrov Avenue in Grozny, one of the main streets of the city, and in the Arctic town of Naryan-Mar, the Olympic rings will be in the form of an ice sculpture.
The colors of the rings symbolize the Olympic Movement and represent the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from across the world at the Olympic Games. Traditionally, Olympic Spectaculars appear in the host city before the start of Olympic competitions. In 2008, they decorated the Great Wall of China, in 2010, a set of rings was placed in the Canadian bay of Coal Harbour, and in 2012 they not only decorated London's iconic attractions, but also other cities in the United Kingdom, including Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
Similar to the Games in London, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has decided to install Olympic Spectaculars in multiple cities across the country. Placement of the Olympic rings in different cities will allow residents and visitors in the regions to experience the atmosphere of the first Winter Games in the country, and will also encourage public involvement in this important event. This new attraction will attract media attention and increase the flow of tourists from surrounding areas.
In Sochi, the first Olympic rings were installed in the run-up to the “One Year to Go” celebrations. The enormous 5-ringed metallic structure, welcoming visitors to the host city of the 2014 Games, was erected opposite the main entrance to Sochi International Airport.
Olympic rings willbe inaugurated at the Sochi and Adler train stations, in areas near the Olympic Park and the Sochi City Administration, at the square by the seaport and in the town of Esto-Sadok near the Mountain Cluster venues. Spectaculars featuring the Sochi 2014 marks and mascots will also be installed in the city.
Notes to the Editor
The Olympic symbol consists of five interlaced rings of equal dimensions (the Olympic rings), used alone, in one or in five different colors, which are, from left to right, blue, yellow, black, green and red. They are interlaced from left to right. The blue, black and red rings are situated at the top, and the yellow and green rings at the bottom.