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Rainier Industries designs figure skating backdrop for 2010 Winter Olympics

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Though the bulk of the contract Rainier Industries landed with the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, was for a dozen 40-foot towers designating venues, it was a small backdrop included in the package that was the most visible and notable.

The “Kiss and Cry” set, which serves as a backdrop for figure skaters who wait for the judges’ scores, and was also visible behind the winners’ podiums, is arguably one of the more high-profile locations of the Winter Games—and it was designed by Rainier. “It’s not a big project, but it is absolutely the most visible graphic image at the Olympic Games,” says Scott Campbell, owner and president of Rainier Industries. “And it drew on a lot of our graphics capabilities—design and the innovative use of a variety of materials, such as wood, acrylic, paints and film.”

The Kiss and Cry set featuring the Olympic rings is made from polished acrylic.

Sigrid Tornquist is a freelance author and editor based in St. Paul, Minn. She is also the associate editor of InTents magazine.

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