The whimsical structure sits in the heart of the park as if to keep the best of hope illuminated. Designers drew their inspiration from the Firebird, a popular character in Russian fairy tales. The Olympic park usually gets a reported 90,000 visitors a day and the majority of them come to see the cauldron at evening time.
The wings of the bird form a circle and house a water pool that springs into life while 5 different popular pieces of Russian music play for all to enjoy.
The gas burner, mounted in the head, is about 11 feet wide and creates the flames. In total the cauldron is more than 164 feet tall, is visible from miles away and no doubt a shining beacon drawing visitors to Sochi and shining light on all who come.
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