BEIJING, July 23 — Fireworks will be set off during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on August 8 to create a joyous and festive atmosphere, an official said on Wednesday.
Wang Ning, deputy director of the Opening & Closing Ceremonies Department of BOCOG, said fireworks of different shapes will be displayed above the main stadium of the Games, Olympic Forest Park and the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall.
Fireworks to highlight Olympic Games opening ceremony Wang Ning gives a speech.
"For the first time, the shape of the Olympic Rings will be formed in the sky," said Wang, adding that Olympic symbols and elements will be a part of fireworks’ designs with an aim to promote Olympic ideals.
Firing skills will feature compressive air launches, chamber pressure launches and computerized ignition technologies, employed for the first time in the display of fireworks, he told the media attending a press conference in Beijing.
To reflect the "Green Olympics" concept, some of the fireworks will use less smoking powder to minimize smoke and dust pollution, Wang said.
The designers intend to highlight the fireworks’ effect both on the ceremony’s stadium and larger areas around the facility so that the Olympic central zone will be an extension of the ceremony owing to the splendid fireworks.
Cai Guoqiang, a member of the core creative team in charge of visual & special effects of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics, updated the press on the implementation of a comprehensive design and production project.
He said he joined the team in 2005 and it took him 2 to 3 years to do preparatory work. "Gunpowder is one of the inventions of China, but the fireworks this time are not only for the sake of pumping up the atmosphere, but also have a goal to achieve – playing the role of storyteller," he said.
Cai gave an example: Along the dragon-shaped landscape water system of the Olympic Green, the fireworks will be fired up into yellow and red peonies. The computer ignition system will control the fireworks, and within seconds, the fireworks will span 2 to 3 kilometers following the flag raising process.
During the climax of the art performances, the firing squad will display thousands of pictures of smiling faces collected from around the world, according to Cai’s design. At that moment, fireworks will mimic 2008 smiling faces in the sky, said Cai.