Visitors to British Columbia travelling through YVR will know they’ve arrived in a proud Olympic host province, thanks to a 14-metre tall Olympic rings logo, which was lit today by Premier Gordon Campbell

“The Olympic rings are an instantly recognizable symbol that will help welcome the world to British Columbia in the lead up to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Games,” said Premier Campbell. “These rings are a great way for visitors and British Columbians to share in the excitement of the Games, and the cutting-edge design and technology used will showcase the ingenuity at work here in B.C.”

The rings have 20,385 individual LED lights that can be programmed for complex light show displays. They measure 45 feet (13.7 metres) high by 96 feet (29.3 metres) wide and weigh 9,100 pounds.  As part of B.C.’s commitment to a green games the lights in the display use energy efficient bulbs that consume 8.8 per cent of the electricity of equivalent incandescent bulbs and will cost only $3.36 per day in power. 

“As B.C.’s airport, we are delighted that YVR was selected as the site for this symbol of our shared Olympic pride, which will be enjoyed by the millions of travellers who visit our airport every year,” said Larry Berg, president and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “These incredible rings will offer the thousands of expected Games-times visitors, athletes and media a great first impression from the moment they land in 2010.”

The project was designed and built by B.C. firms and resulted in over 8,000 hours of employment.

The Olympic rings are located on Grant McConachie Way, the main road leading to and from Vancouver International Airport.