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Barry Woods Johnston

- Olympia - Clay sculpture by Barry Johnston

Olympia

The following six symbols emerged as expressions of the Olympics-- the globe, spiral, three medalists, the torch, flags, and doves:  The globe becomes the base and center piece for the fountain, representing the international scope of the Olympic event.  The spiral rises out of the globe from the point of the Washington-Baltimore area, portraying the evolutionary advancements of civilization, of technologies, and of establishing and maintaining high quality of life. It also emphasizes the importance of nurturing the natural resources of our planet.  The three Olympic medalists, introduce the vitally important human element of the games. Excellence, a central theme of the sports events, encompasses not only the acknowledgment of individual achievement but the spirit of teamwork, camaraderie, and sportsmanship.  The torch symbolizes hope and the quest for excellence through athletic achievements, emphasizing the spirit of individual commitment and teamwork.  The flags represent all of the countries that will be involved.  The doves, which are used on the opening night, embody the spirit of world peace.

Olympia, 1998
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