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Hannah Parry
Hannah Parry
  • 2 Minute Read
  • 29th February 2012

Olympic rings take a leisurely cruise down the Thames.

Yesterday saw an innovative way to get the people of London excited about the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games – giant floating Olympic rings with travelled along the River Thames for the day.

The Olympic rings passing through Tower BridgeThe purpose of the rings was to mark 150 short days until the start of the Olympic Games, and they will make a further appearance in London during the summer when they are hung at Tower Bridge. In addition, there will be Olympic and Paralympic projections in Trafalgar Square and on the Houses of Parliament to celebrate the event.

The rings, 36ft high and 83ft wide and lit with a mixture of coloured and LED lights, could be spotted making their journey through the centre of London from to the Thames Barrier at between the hours of 7am and 1.30pm.Olympic rings lit up by LED lights

Having attracted much attention, the rings have succeeded in building excitement and anticipation, yet not everyone is overly enthusiastic about the total cost of the displays amounting to £3m. Green Party candidate for the Mayor of London, Jenny Jones, said, “The Mayor has cut programs which would have helped people find jobs and cut their energy bills, but he has found £3.2million for this display.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has shown his support for the displays as he reassures that, “This is a very innovative way of showing off the rings and, The 5 colourful Olympic rings floating on the River Thameswith 150 days to go, we are on time and on budget.”

This is one of many displays taking place in the capital as a result of the Olympics; further events include a floating opera inspired by The Owl and the Pussycat, interactive public artwork by Jeremy Deller which will appear in various London locations, and the formation of the London Pleasure Gardens.

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