25 March 2006
Athletes, volunteers, spectators and the people of Victoria have all banded together to make the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games such a success, but the surprising stars of the Games were over 2 metres high, around 3 metres long and made of metal.
For the last three weeks, 72 water creatures from across the Commonwealth have formed a spectacular 800 metre spine along Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River. More than 1 million people have taken in the breathtaking show that has lit up the Yarra each night of the Games.
Tonight is the last night people can see the free River Event – an abridged version of the Opening Ceremony. The water creatures will be lit up for the Closing Ceremony, but there will not be a nightly show. There will not be any big screens along the Yarra either – only live sites at Federation Square, Docklands, Alexandra Gardens and Queensbridge Square will have the Closing Ceremony broadcast on big screens.
The Minister for Commonwealth Games, Justin Madden said the water creatures had been a talking point ever since they were installed over three weeks ago.
“There has been a lot of intrigue around these creatures. They have been a point of wonder to the city for many days now and on Opening Ceremony night it was incredible to see them in action for the first time,” Mr Madden said.
Lord Mayor John So said the water creatures had proved a huge success with Melburnians and visitors alike.
“It has been so good to see so many people – from Melbourne and across the world - come down to the Yarra to see these great creatures. Each night of the Games, they added to the excitement and colour of the city,” Cr So said.
Creative Producer of the River Show, Keith Tucker, said the show had revolutionised the way opening ceremonies were staged.
“That first night was an incredible experience – 200,000 people along the Yarra not quite knowing what to expect,” Mr Tucker said.
“It was the first time the Opening Ceremony has gone beyond the borders of the stadium – and it was really appreciated by all.
“We were absolutely thrilled with the public’s response to that night – and every other night since.”
A 10 minute “farewell” show will take place tonight at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm.
Games Organisers, the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne will determine where the water creatures will go after the Games.
For further information please contact:
Games Communications Centre
+61 3 8855 3333