Thousands enjoy Olympic Landmark and Exhibition in Paris
Paris 2012 today announced that the Olympic Landmark and accompanying Paris 2012 exhibition assembled at Les Batignolles, proposed site of the Olympic and Paralympic Village, have attracted more than 15,000 national and international visitors since itís inauguration on the 1st of March, 2005.
The unique Paris 2012 display has welcomed up to 300 people per week day, and an overwhelming 1000 visitors over week-ends. Guests marvel at the amazing Olympic Landmark, a physical representation of "LíAmour des Jeux" and enjoy participating in the interactive display of Paris 2012ís plans for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Olympic Landmark is a 75-meter vertical structure decorated with ten inflatable rings (10 x 5 meters each), five of which sport the Olympic colors, and when lit from the inside, the French Amour des Jeux illuminates the City, visible from up to ten kilometers away.
At the foot of the Olympic Landmark, visitors have also explored the Paris 2012 Exhibition, a public, interactive and educational exploration of the Paris 2012 bid project. The free exhibition includes both outdoor and indoor activities:
∑ photographs displayed on sails and banners showing various Paris 2012 competition venues and featuring the athletes who support the Paris candidature;
∑ interactive sound boxes 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 through an ingenious system of flashing lights;
On venturing indoors, visitors discover:
∑ a live video broadcast of Paris from the top of the Olympic Landmark through two cameras that visitors can operate themselves;
∑ the Batignolles Quarter exploring its railway history and offering a photographic retrospective of the building of the Olympic Landmark. It also brings to life its future as the Olympic and Paralympic Village, through a 15m≤ model, and the residential Olympic Quarter, offering architectural projects, multimedia displays and photographs.
Philippe Baudillon, CEO of Paris 2012, said: "The Paris 2012 bid is based on the unanimous support from the French people. The enthusiasm of Parisians and tourists from all around the world for the Olympic Landmark and exhibition underlines one single reality: people are eager to discover how a Paris Games in 2012 would change the face of the city for ever".
The Paris 2012 exhibition is open until July 6, 2005.
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