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#1 OneTimeOnly

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:40 PM

Atlanta Games’ caldron draws little attention

By Jill Vejnoska
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nearly every family has one: The eccentric old relative stashed away in a corner. The person everyone tends to ignore and conveniently forget about.

Atlanta, meet yours: The 1996 Olympic caldron.


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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:35 PM

They should dismantle it, trash the iron structure and keep only the upper part, the cauldron itself and put in a public part where it could be easiliest accessible...

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 12:22 AM

Take away the steel part and move the actual cauldron to Centennial Park with the rest of the Olympic themed stuff, then they can light it and draw more tourists

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:31 AM

It's just horrid - you have the magic of Mohammed Ali and then if the cauldron wasn't ugly enough already, they stick it on some scaffolding - although Vancouver has given it a run for it's money in terms of ugliness.

A nice whistlestop tour here of all the Summer Olympic cauldrons:
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Posted 31 July 2011 - 10:24 AM

It's just horrid - you have the magic of Mohammed Ali and then if the cauldron wasn't ugly enough already, they stick it on some scaffolding - although Vancouver has given it a run for it's money in terms of ugliness.


If you visit Atlanta's site at night, you'll be spared seeing that base; and barely the cauldron. Or they should just dump it on Ginger Watkins's backyard (She was the ACOG woman who chose that dumb Siah Armajani as the designer.)

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 10:59 AM

I enjoyed the '96 Games as the first I remember watching, and will defend them and indeed the stadium concept. But the cauldron I'm afraid I only love for its symbolism and for seeing Mohammed Ali lighting it.

That said, this was and is a symbol of when this city was very briefly the centre of the World. It would be nice if it was brought to life - either completely or like Sydney's, partially in a different guise - rather than languishing doing nothing.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 03:38 AM

I never really liked the Atlanta 1996 Cauldron.

What it should have been was the same top, perhaps with the Olympic rings in gold on the base (or perhaps the leaves pattern used in the game's look), with that ghastly supporting structure (yes I am aware it was intended to have someone climb up, but was changed to Ali in the last minute), not looking like sloppy scaffolding. I would have made it an elegant looking Greek style column, with a spiral staircase (with leveled "break" platforms on the way).

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 04:34 AM

I never really liked the Atlanta 1996 Cauldron.

What it should have been was the same top, perhaps with the Olympic rings in gold on the base (or perhaps the leaves pattern used in the game's look), with that ghastly supporting structure (yes I am aware it was intended to have someone climb up, but was changed to Ali in the last minute), not looking like sloppy scaffolding. I would have made it an elegant looking Greek style column, with a spiral staircase (with leveled "break" platforms on the way).


perhaps they can move it the olympic park and remake the pedestal of the cauldron to resemble the emblem of the games?

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 06:37 PM

It's just horrid - you have the magic of Mohammed Ali and then if the cauldron wasn't ugly enough already, they stick it on some scaffolding - although Vancouver has given it a run for it's money in terms of ugliness.

A nice whistlestop tour here of all the Summer Olympic cauldrons:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLrxYAM-l7A
Youtube


Uh Atlanta is the ugliest hands down IMO. I actually kinda liked Vancouvers cauldron :D
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