Olympic rings back for Canada Day 

Whistlerites will get another chance to pose for photographs with the Olympic rings when the sculpture is reinstalled at Whistler Olympic Plaza in time for Canada Day.

The massive 12 feet by 25 feet ring sculpture will be permanently installed at a site near the Brew House, in the area formally known as Celebration Plaza.

According to Jan Jansen, the municipality's resort experience department is working on the new foundation this week and hopes to have the rings in place by July 1, Canada's birthday.

Councillor Chris Quinlan was happy to hear last week that the rings will soon be back in Whistler Village.

He said everyone - from members of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce to other people in the community - has been asking about the Olympic rings.

"People are looking for the rings," he stressed to municipal staff during a special meeting last Friday.

The $64,000 rings were built by State of the Art Concepts and showcased in Whistler outside the Brew House while the 2010 Winter Games took place between Feb. 12 and 29.

The $35,000 Paralympic "agitos" (Latin for "I move") will also eventually join the Olympic rings in Olympic Plaza.

The Olympic cauldron will also be installed on the site to cultivate memories of the Winter Games.

Both the Olympic and Paralympic emblems were paid for out of the municipaltiy's half-million dollar "Look and Feel" program to dress Whistler up for the Games.

The Olympic rings were more structurally complicated to build then the Paralympic agitos, which is why there was a $29,000 difference in cost between the two monuments.




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