As millions of viewers around the world tune in to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Closing Ceremonies on February 28, 2010, a team of engineers will suit up for their final task, breaking down the colossal 15-ton, 46,000 square foot cranberry display in Richmond, British Columbia's, Brighouse Park.
The display, which took roughly nine thousand hours of man power to complete and thirteen million locally grown Ocean Spray cranberries, will enjoy a second life after the Winter Games. Crews will unload the cranberries by hand throughout the night and deliver them to local farms in Richmond for composting. Once the berries are unloaded, crews will break down the infrastructure (steel-reinforced fiberglass frames, netting, and liners) and donate the salvaged materials to local artists, senior communities and marinas.
Ocean Spray cranberry growers from Richmond provided fruit for the installation and donated time to educate the public on the taste, heath benefits and versatility of the cranberry as well as the harvest process.
The display, compliments of Richmond Ocean Spray cranberry growers, was a tribute to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and part of Richmond Revealed, a series of public art displays, exhibits and events designed to showcase Richmond's rich culture, heritage and leading industries to the world during the Winter Games.