Let’s take a walk. We are going to explore an area of Centennial Olympic Park’s most distinctive features, the Quilt Plazas
Fun fact: approximately 131,000 gallons of water circulates within the formal and informal pools that combine to create the flowing gardens. Listening to the sounds of the water, we will wander through the Quilt Plazas.
First, let’s begin our walk with a bit of background information.
The “Look of the Games” is a design undertaken by every Olympic host city’s organizing committee to create a visual identity for the Olympic Games. The “Look” appears on all banners, decorations
The Quilt Pattern
The first quilt in the gardens we’ll discover is the Quilt of Dreams.
The Quilt of Dreams celebrates Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) CEO Billy Payne’s original dream and 10-year quest to bring the Centennial Olympic Games to Atlanta.
The second quilt we’ll investigate is the Quilt of Remembrance.
The Quilt of Remembrance features a mosaic of stones from around the world to honor the 111 people injured by the 1996 Olympic Park bombing. An eternal light shines in this plaza in memory of Alice Hawthorne, who perished.
The third quilt we’ll study is the Quilt of Origins.
The Quilt of Origins captures the enduring essence of the Olympic Games with a sculpture that symbolically honors the progression of athletes from the original Greek Olympians to modern-day competitors.
The fourth quilt we’ll survey is the Quilt of Olympic Spirit.
The Quilt of Olympic Spirit salutes the 10,000 athletes that participated in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
The fifth quilt we’ll view is the Quilt of Nations.
The Quilt of Nations honors the 197 nations that participated in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. This is the largest number of countries ever represented in the history of the Olympic Games.
With recent renovations complete, we invite you to rediscover Centennial Olympic Park (and tag your social media posts with #RediscoverCOP) this summer. You will be stitching together memories that weave the story of your own legacy.
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