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The Rings in the Sky

The Olympic Landmark and accompanying exhibition were inaugurated last night at the Batignolles site. Visible for 10 kilometres, day and night, the structure marks the location chosen for the future Olympic Village of the Paris 2012 Bid.

Ten inflatable rings, 10 metres in diameter and 2 meters thick are placed on the mast. (© J. Bardeletti - Paris 2012)
- The Landmark Installation, portfolio
- Caisse des Dépôts, financial partner of the Olympic Landmark

It is Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris and President of Paris 2012 who inaugurated the Olympic Landmark and adjacent exhibition.

Present were also Jean-François Lamour, Minister of Sport, Henri Sérandour, President of the French National Olympic Committee, Francis Mayer, CEO of the Caisse des Dépôts, Guy Drut, IOC member and Philippe Baudillon, CEO of Paris 2012.

Resulting from the international architecture competition, launched last June, the Olympic Landmark was mounted on the Batignolles site, in the north west of Paris.  It marks the location of the future Olympic Village that will be constructed if Paris is chosen, on July 6 2005, to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A metal mast, 75 metres high forms the principal structure.  Ten inflatable rings, 10 metres in diameter and 2 meters thick are placed on the mast.  The five superior “rings” sport the Olympic colours.  Lit up from the inside, the Olympic Landmark is visible day and night from a distance of 10 kilometres.

An exhibition installed at the foot of the Landmark offers visitors an interactive sight and sound discovery.

Outside, printed photos on sails and banners present the competition venues of Paris 2012, and the athletes support of the bid.  Interactive screens and sound boxes broadcasting support messages from the athletes and replaying the greatest moments of the 2004 Athens Olympics.  A 30-meter athletic track allows visitors to measure their performance against that of the Olympic champions.

Inside live images are shown from summit of the Olympic Landmark.  After all, the space is devoted to the Batignolles site: its past with the rail activity, the present with the mounting of the Olympic Landmark and the future with a presentation of the Olympic and Paralympic Village and post Olympic Legacy.
The Olympic Landmark Exhibition is free and is open to the public from the 6th of March to the 6th of July, 2005, 147 rue Cardinet, in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.
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