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Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculpture at the 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony Glitters Like the Sun

The Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics were nothing short of spectacular with dazzling light projections and performances that lit up Maracanã Stadium, delighting viewers across the world. As the ceremony concluded, attention turned towards the Olympic cauldron and a massive kinetic sculpture created by artist Anthony Howe. Measuring 40 feet in diameter, his two-ton piece symbolizes the sun with graceful, mesmerizing movements that represent the journey of life.

Shining brightly in the darkened stadium, the spiraling metallic elements glittered with illumination that undulated above the crowd. “My vision was to replicate the sun, using movement to mimic its pulsing energy and reflection of light,” Howe described. “I hope what people take away from the cauldron, the Opening Ceremonies, and the Rio Games themselves is that there are no limits to what a human being can accomplish.”

To witness the sculpture’s hypnotic effect, see it in action, below.

Above photo source: NBC Olympics

Anthony Howe: Website
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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