The pavilion is like a garden, a platform with a canopy made from a large canopy of beautiful umbrellas like flowers.
These umbrellas have been on a journey before the Games, many people here have seen them individually (and in this way understand some aspects of the ONE PLANET Mission)
The umbrellas are carried like standards into the stadium of the opening ceremony by ‘bearers’ in each participating nations team – then as a part of the ceremony the ‘bearers’ hand them on to the next generation….the children. In this way the umbrellas pass from the WORLD to the Host NATION to the Host CITY
The children walk in small groups and carry the umbrellas to the One Planet Garden where they are ‘planted’ and deployed
Every part of this ceremony, which is integrated into the opening ceremony of the ONE PLANET Olympics is watched by an audience of 4 billion people, LIVE
The umbrellas are light and appear fragile but together they are strong and robust…they collect rainwater, filter daylight, include PV patches…
In the day the umbrellas form a lightweight canopy for events
Each Umbrella is sponsored. Everyone wants one. They are rare and beautiful and unique… Everyone believes in the ONE PLANET message
After the Games the umbrellas are removed in another ceremony launching a new journey for each of them… returning to participating nations to become the catalyst for ONE PLANET projects providing a focus for environmental action that is urgent and necessary.
After the Games and after the umbrellas have started on their new journey, the platform is planted with trees to form a BOSQUE – a small wooded area now a place to remember the Games and think about the planet.
We produced a sustainability framework and strategy that integrated technological transformation and the impact of social media, with the environmental obligations that come with staging an Olympic & Paralympic Games. Our FIVE ONE PLANET CONCEPTS guided and inspired key aspects of the development of the Olympics through the early planning stages, the 'Build', the 'Games', and the 'Legacy'. Our scenarios for the opening and closing ceremonies included the design of innovative objects that embodied these 5 concepts.