If you talk to anyone who watched the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Games on February 12th, you will most likely be talking to an awe-struck person. Literally everyone I talked to who watched the ceremony was in practical convulsions over how amazing the production and performances were, and was equally disappointed that I didn't get a chance to watch them. See, it tured out that on the night of the 12th, I was busy preparing for another event, which I'll blog about next time. Suffice to say, I was bummed that I missed getting to see the opening ceremonies. I decided to look up some pictures of them online to see what I missed. What a show! Even looking at still pictures was enough to tell me that this ceremony was truly spectacular. And, I was pleased, and shall I say, not too surprised to see that LED lights were an important part of what made it so special. Take k.d. Lang's performance of the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah," for instance. I watched it on YouTube, and got chills--her voice was pure perfection. But did you notice all of the candles the audience members were waving in the background? Those weren't candles at all, actually, they were energy efficient, fire-safe LED flashlights!
And if you saw the segment called "Peaks of Endeavor," you would have noticed red-and-white-clad skaters, skiers and snowboarders sporting LED lights on their costumes suspended from the ceiling while images of Olympic events were projected on a replica of the Rocky Mountains.
Also, there was a 20-meter spirit bear puppet that was completely covered in LED lights, which represented the cultural heritage of the early Canadian peoples; what a dazzling effect! The Olympic Games play an important role in bringing the world together, especially during these tumultuous times. It's a good feeling to know that LED lights are a part of that unification!