One of Vancouver’s most visible legacies of the 2010 Winter Olympics needs repair. On Sunday, October 2, part of the Olympic Cauldron appeared to be smashed up.
Located at Jack Poole Plaza by the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Olympic Cauldron is a permanent 10-metre tall landmark.
Though it is sometimes ceremoniously relit, it’s mostly sitting on the plaza, glinting and gleaming as a reminder of Vancouver’s part in the 2010 Winter Games.
Now, it appears to be damaged.
Both the Vancouver Police Department and the Vancouver Convention Centre confirmed that the estimated $10,000 in damage was the work of vandals.
Unfortunate seeing a portion of the 2010 Olympic flame smashed… pic.twitter.com/ylJfj35Joc
— James Cybulski (@JamesCybulski) October 2, 2022
Photos of the damage show how the water feature has been drained. The frosted glass on one of the arms of the torch is broken, revealing a beam inside.
This outdoor Olympic Cauldron was lit by Wayne Gretzky during the finale of the 2010 Olympic opening ceremony.