2002: Caldron Unveiled

The following is an excerpt from a KSL news report that took place on January 8, 2002:

The Olympic Caldron now stands at the foot of Rice Eccles Stadium awaiting Opening Ceremonies. It’s 117-feet tall, with 738 individually made pieces of glass.

The Caldron was unveiled before dawn Tuesday under a thick layer of morning fog.

No one knows exactly how the cauldron will be lit. That’s top-secret information. But as of Tuesday morning, we now know what the caldron looks like.

News Specialist John Daley reports.

Lean and tall, the stainless steel structure surrounded by sleek glass, is unveiled before an audience of reporters and photographers.

Until it burns one month from now, imagine a bowl bursting with fire, sitting atop glass, with water cascading down.

MITT ROMNEY/SLOC PRESIDENT: “INSIDE THE BOWL AT THE TOP, THERE WILL BE A SHEET OF WATER THAT POURS DOWN THE INSIDE.”

738 pieces of glass made by Western Glass in Ogden, are individually designed. The huge frame was built by Aerodynamics of Clearfield. When it finally rests in its base, it’ll stand 117-feet tall.

SCOTT GIVENS/CREATIVE DIRECTOR, SLOC, “THE CALDRON ITSELF IS ONE OF THE MAGICAL MOMENTS OF OPENING CEREMONIES AND HERE WE ARE A MONTH OUT FROM THE GAMES INSTALLING THE CALDRON.”

The 2-million dollar caldron was designed by a U of U graduate who came up with more than 40 designs before SLOC picked this one.

It’ll burn at the south end of Rice-Eccles Stadium through the winter games and the Paralympics.

SLOC’s commissioned a second, smaller replica of the caldron. That one will stand at the Medals Plaza during the Games.

Click here to read the entire article.

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