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2010 Winter Olympic – Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos – Whistler, BC

  • Whistler Village Olympic Rings
    Whistler Celebration Plaza
  • Whistler Paralympic Agitos
  • Whistler Village Rings
  • Photo by Enzo Federico (
Client / Resort Municipality of Whistler
Location / Whistler Village, BC
Project Type / Legacy Public Art
Materials / Aluminium, Steel, Industrial Coatings

SOTAC was honored to have been recommended by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) to the Municipality of Whistler to manufacture a set of 12’ x 27’ x 16” Olympic Rings and the 12’ x 14’ x 16” Paralympic Agitos. The Olympic Rings were constructed in one piece and the Paralympic Agitos in three pieces for ease of shipping and on-site assembly by our installation team. The Olympic Rings were on display in Whistler Village during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the Paralympic Agitos during the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games. These Olympic icons are now permanent fixtures within Whistler Village’s Legacy Plaza.

Following the 2010 Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) granted permission for the RMOW to keep the Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos as legacy items to be viewed within the Village’s Winter Olympic Plaza.

To date, the Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos have become Whistler’s most photographed items by visitors, media, and locals alike, in addition to becoming a perch for people taking pictures, watching concerts and attending local events.

The original set of Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos were created as public art and have since become “accessible public art”. Recently, the RMOW commissioned SOTAC to manufacture a new set of Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos with a greater internal steel framework, thicker aluminum outside skin and raw aluminum finish in order to limit future maintenance costs and to ensure public safety.

On lives the Olympic Legacy.

Thank You to The Resort Municipality of Whistler and Community.

We would like to send our condolences to the Kumaritashvili family who lost their son Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian Luger. We are posting these photos as a tribute to his commitment, passion and dedication to Winter Sport. He will not be forgotten.