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2010 Winter Olympics opening – a touch of genius

The opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada was stunning. Well, from where I viewed it – in my comfy chair in front of the television in the wee hours of the morning.

As with all great events, one couldn’t help wishing you were there. It looked marvelous in its simplicity in design, with a clear story line on the history of the Canada and the celebration of the spirit of the Olympics. In particular, I liked the recognition of Canada’s first nation people.

A touch of genius

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction, ” Ernst Schumacher said. This is true of the Vancouver Winter Olympics opening, choreographed by Australian David Atkins. The ceremony moved away from the traditional, bringing the athletes parade in much earlier, using computer graphic effects almost subliminally – except where it was needed for upfront effect, such as the magical scene of the whales swimming – and weaving the relationship between the environment and sports cleverly. (It is apt that the medals are partly made from the gold and metals found in recycled computer circuit boards.)

Both the Olympic torch and cauldron are quite unique. It took me a moment to realize that cauldron resembles the Canadian maple leaf. Very clever. The cauldron was designed by the Vancouver Organizing Committee. The featured picture is from StraySwallow’s flickr photostream.

The reverse image of the maple leaf is two angry men. But you won’t notice it now. The Olympics – summer and winter Olympics – is an event that unites the people of the world. It’s just fantastic… and rather nice that it started over Valentine’s weekend.

14/02/2010. Category: Media. Topic: , .

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