LAKE PLACIAID — Employees from the village of Lake Placid were seen smashing ground in the heart of Brewster Park on Tuesday. But they didn’t revive the recently completed Main Street construction project. They were preparing the park to host his FISU World University Winter Games cauldron.
The 10-foot-tall cauldron will be unveiled at 5pm on December 12th, exactly 30 days after the opening ceremony of the ’23 Games. But the cauldron won’t be lit for the first time until the opening ceremony on January 12, according to Karlan Jessen, the 2023 Games’ head of sustainability and heritage.
Jessen said organizers considered keeping the cauldron hidden until the opening ceremony, but ultimately decided to reveal its structure before the Games and during the holiday season. The unveiling ceremony will take place the day after the village’s annual Holiday Village Stroll concludes.
“It’s a chance to see it and liven up the competition.” Jesen said.
The cauldron isn’t just used for the Olympics, Jessen said. She said the Adirondack Sports Council, responsible for the cauldron after the Games, “Use Legacy” The cauldron could be used for the Empire State Winter Games or other events held in town, Jessen said.she is the cauldron “Somewhat portable” So you can move around the village if you want. Jessen doesn’t believe the cauldron will stay in Brewster Park long term, but said the council has yet to land on its home turf.
Along with the legacy of FISU Sport, the Cauldron represents the ’23 Games’. “Save Winter” This theme aims to promote sustainability in the face of a warming climate and shrinking snow seasons. This cauldron is completely fuel free as it is built with LED flames. Jessen said the flame was designed by his Ducted Wind Turbines and will be driven by an eight-foot-tall wind turbine designed by Clarkson University students.
“This will be the first carbon-free cauldron of its kind.” Jesen said.
The cauldron was designed by Adirondack Studios, who designed the podium for the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.