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22OLYMPIC REVIEW From the end of May to mid- September, a selection of curious sand sculptures defied the elements to earn the admiration of summer visitors to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. These large- scale works were created to coincide with the Heroes exhibition which ran at the Museum until mid- September. But why sand statues? While the artists of antiquity tried to immortalise the exploits of their athletes by depicting them in marble, the museum adopted a different approach and focused on how the fame of modern heroes is sometimes very short- lived. It required 75 tonnes of sand, taken from two different locations to ensure a difference in texture, to create the statues. They were sculpted by two world- famous Dutch artists who specialise in creating similar works on beaches and in supermarkets. First of all, the sand had to be compressed into wooden moulds using a mechanical tamper of the type used in road building. The surface was regularly moistened to ensure the sand achieved the required degree of cohesion. The finished sculptures were sprayed with a mixture of water and glue to hold them together. The first of the two statues was 2.5 metres high and represented the incredible Michael Phelps whose eight gold medal wins in Beijing last year staggered the entire world. The second, five metres high, paid homage to sporting heroes of other eras. Among them was Leonidas of Rhodes who, at the Olympic Games of 164 BCE, was victorious in all three running races: the stadion, the diaulos, and the hoplitodromos. He went on to make history by repeating his earlier triumphs at the three subsequent Games, thereby securing at least 12 Olympic crowns. He was practically regarded as a god! Also sculpted in sand were the Greek athlete Spyridon Louis who took gold in the marathon at the first ever Games in Athens in 1896, the US boxer Muhammad Ali, the German figure skater Katarina Witt, famed for her unforgettable performance to Bizet's Carmen, and finally the man now recognised as the greatest tennis player of all time, Switzerland's Roger Federer. The statues withstood the weather until 13 September, the closing day of the Heroes exhibition. That Sunday, the public was invited to destroy this magnificent - but appropriately ephemeral - work of art. Above Preparing the unique sculptures at the Museum Left One of the tributes to the fleeting glory of heroes When the XXI Olympic Winter Games open in Vancouver, clocks at the Olympic Museum will be adjusted to Canadian time. At a series of exhibitions spread over the museum's three exhibition spaces, visitors will discover the art of Canada's First Nations as it focuses on the environment and the traditional Olympic icons, such as the Olympic logo, as well as the torch, medals and pictograms. The exhibition organisers have also devised an educational and cultural programme devoted to sustainable development, supported by guided tours and workshops. The programme will be launched at the preview on 14 October which will see the creation and completion of a traditional totem pole by the well- known artist Jim Hart, a member of the Haida community. Over the Christmas period, there will be screenings of fascinating documentaries made by young film- makers from the indigenous communities of Quebec. Sustainable Art & Sport workshops will be organised during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where participants can create works of art from recycled objects. A special programme is also organised at the Museum for the opening day of the Winter Games and during the fortnight that the Games last, visitors can enjoy Canadian specialities at the Museum's restaurant. Above The countdown to Vancouver is on SAND SCULPTURES CELEBRATEHEROES THEOLYMPIC MUSEUMON VANCOUVER TIME

From 8 October 2009 until 11 April 2010 Vancouver 2010 Sustainable Development and Living Traditions To celebrate the the XXIthOlympic Winter Games in Vancouver, The Olympic Museum goes Canadian in its three exhibition spaces. From 11 to 15 October 29th Olympic Week 26 October 2009 Agora Vancouver 2010 Sunday Concerts 4 October Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bizet & Saint- Saƫns 1 November Lehar, Brahms & Paganini 15 November Beethoven, Liszt & Chopin Recital 13 December Quatuor Modigliani The fourth Mini- Stars Relay took place in the Olympic Park in July, as part of Athletissima, Lausanne's flagship athletics meeting. In the race, budding athletes tackled a path leading from the quayside of Lake Geneva to the Museum entrance. Competitors raced in pairs - consisting of either boy and girl, parent and child, or, in the open category, two children under 15. A record number of more than 70 teams lined up for the event. According to one young sprinter: " It's a bit steep and quite tough, but that's OK." The teams were then entered in a draw to choose three who were invited to present a prize at one of the official ceremonies at Athletissima. In accordance with tradition, the race was followed by a friendly and good-humoured autograph session featuring two athletes: Asafa Powell, the Jamaican sprinter and member of the gold medal winning team in the 4 x 100 metre relay at the 2008 Beijing Games. Three days later he was to carry off the 100 metre title on Lausanne Olympic Stadium's track. He shared the signing session with the American hurdler Lori Jones. A BIT OF BACKGROUND. On 8 July 1977 an athletics meeting was held as part of the inauguration of the new track at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Lausanne. The events took place in driving rain. The athletes were so heartened by the enthusiasm of the spectators who, despite the atrocious weather, stayed there for the entire evening to cheer them on, that they promised to return to Lausanne for a second meeting before the end of the summer. This took place in August before an eager crowd of 10,000. The event in 1977 was the first of the series of athletics meetings in Lausanne, which came to be known as Athletissima. Above Taking the baton and setting off BelowAsafa Powell signs an autograph for a young fan, while Lori Jones is also the centre of attention Above IOC President Jacques Rogge and Wang Zunwu OLYMPIC DREAMS. The Olympic Museum hosted a Chinese delegation that came to present a giant painting by the artist Wang Zunwu, entitled Olympic Dreams. The painter and his wife were accompanied by Liu Mengjie and Qu Jiayi of the Bridge Art Centre in Beijing. On the 380cm x 270cm canvas, Jacques Rogge and Liu Qi, President of the Organising Committee for Beijing Games, are seen surrounded by Chinese basketball player Yao Ming, Yaping Deng, four times Olympic table tennis champion, and Liu Xiang, gold medallist in the 110m hurdles at the 2004 Athens Games. Wang is an artist born in 1941 in Shandong Province. After graduating from the Chong Zhen Academy of Arts in he became a professional painter in the 1960s. OLYMPIC FILM CONTEST The Olympic Museum staged the Olympic Short Film Contest over the summer, giving young film-makers the chance to use their preferred medium to present their take on the concept of Olympic ideals. The competition was in three parts. First came the pre- selection process for which 45 candi-dates were required to demonstrate their skill with the audiovisual medium and to submit a short five minute film. This was followed by the first round in which eight filmmakers competed. For the final four, internet users voted by logging on to the website www. olympicshortfilmcontest. com, where the award- winning films can now be seen. OLYMPIC REVIEW23 2009 CALENDAR 4THMINI- STARSRELAY INTHEOLYMPICPARK