Winter Olympics 2010

Perth, 13th February 2010

Aren’t we working in an extraordinary environment as lighting designers? I have just watched the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and it is without doubt that lighting was the key component in this amazing visual show. I like to venture that the complete Canadian stock of theatrical lights, moving heads, intelligent  LED lights was in that stadium for the opening ceremony! On top of that every member of the surely more than 50,000 strong public was given an LED candle which transformed the arena in a sea of twinkling lights during the spectacle. Being held indoors for the first time in Olympic history the contained venue was obviously ideally suitable for the creation of the magical lighting effects produced.

A sequence of amazing visual sceneries including swimming Orca’s, rising trees and mountains depicted Canadian life, history and culture, brought to life and made possible only by the latest lighting projection technologies. The way the whole venue was integrated was well done. I personally liked the plays with light and shadow from the illuminated shadow projections in the public stands to the dueling light and shadow projections on the moon! My compliments to the lighting designers of this ceremony!

So, let the games begin! With my multi cultural back ground I will have many countries to root for over the coming 2 weeks, but I will be rooting for the Dutch speed skating team first!  

PS: Interestingly I noted the Olympic rings appeared in white instead of their traditional 5 colours. Has the trend in LED, from RGB to white light, been elevated to become an Olympic standard? 🙂

13. February 2010 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: light and art, lighting and culture | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Dear Martin,

    I’ve missed the Opening ceremony session to watch it live on television since i was in Goa for the “Lights in Goa” seminar. The seminar was “great” success in all terms since for the first time in India, the design community & other allied communities gathered togather to get some “enLIGHTment” and it was a great feeling for me personally, since it provided a platform to share thoughts and ideas with internationally reputed designers for the past three days.

    And coming to you last comment on white Olympic rings, this may be because they want to replicate the colour of snow on the Olympic rings too, since this is Winter Olympics!!! But anyways, i liked your comment with respect to light!! 🙂

    with regards,
    Sathish Kumar
    Lighting Design Student

  2. Hi Sathish
    You are probably right about the white…I was just putting a lighting spin on it 🙂
    Good to hear the Goa sessions went well! I have marked it in my calendar for next year and hope to participate actively then!

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