With the North Shore Mountains and Burrard Inlet as its dramatic backdrop, the 2010 Winter Games Olympic and Paralympic Cauldron not only provided a powerful symbol for the Games, but is now a permanent landmark on the Vancouver waterfront.
Situated to the west of the Vancouver Convention Centre, this icon of steel and glass stands 10 metres high, 12 metres wide, with each of the four arms at 16.5 metres x 1.2 metres wide. Made of steel clad with polycarbonate and furnace glass, parabolic mirrors were installed behind the cladding to establish a crystalline effect, reflecting the Olympic Opening Ceremony’s “fire on ice” theme when fully lit.
Assembled on a site over one month, the total weight of the Cauldron is approximately 33,600 kilograms, with the crystal centre at 3,600 kilograms and the arms weighing in at 7,500 kilograms each.
Glotman•Simpson designed the base support and connections of this legacy structure to the existing plaza framing of the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The Cauldron is the centrepiece of Jack Poole Plaza, which was dedicated to the memory of Jack Poole, the driving force behind the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and who died just a few months shy of seeing his dream come true.
Images: © Bob Matheson