The Waters of Olympic Park is a creative and technological showpiece featuring choreographed water, fog and light. The fountain measures 247 feet in diameter and holds approximately 700,000 gallons of water. The design features five symbolic Olympic rings formed from hundreds of WET’s air-powered jets, which launch vertical columns of water up to 230 feet in the air. The fountain also features a “night sky” effect, with thousands of twinkling “stars” appearing within the water. These lights have been strategically positioned by WET to mirror the constellations seen in the Russian night sky.
The Waters of Olympic Park was designed to perform during the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and to function as a social centerpiece and entertainment hub for athletes, attendees and the global viewing audience. The fountain also served as the backdrop for the Games’ medal ceremonies. Stroi International was hired by Olympic Committee to develop multiple locations within Sochi's Olympic site. In turn they hired WET to create this focal point and symbolic Cauldron for the Olympic Games.
WET employs over two hundred talented individuals, including designers, architects, landscape architects, graphic artists, motion designers, inventors, fluid mechanics engineers, special effects technicians, electrical engineers, choreographers, optical engineers, control system engineers, animators and illustrators. Each project is a true collaboration between all of these talents. WET carries out all aspects of its projects from concept to completion. For Waters of Olympic Park: Mark Fuller, Chief Excellence Officer; Andrea Silva, Lead Designer, designed the feature with client Stroi International’s needs in mind and contributed to choreography on-site; Peter Kopik, Head of Choreography, who lead the choreography of the feature and programmed on-site.
The fountain performs to the music of Russian composers, including Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian, as well as, popular American artists.
The Waters of Olympic Park - Created by WET
The Waters of Olympic Park - Sochi, Russia
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