The 2002 Utah Winter Olympics used a large, transforming steel curtain that was installed in front of the stage at the Olympic Medals Plaza. It signaled the start of the each evening’s medal ceremony with a magical, artistically engineered performance. Music, lighting, and dancers combined with the retractable curtain to provide a dramatic experience witnessed by an estimated 3.5 billion people worldwide. When open, it revealed the Olympic flame.
The retractable curtain was designed by Hoberman Associates and was essentially a giant version of its patented Hoberman Sphere. Hudson Machine Works fabricated all of the pieces used in the Salt Lake City arch and coordinated the assembly. Waterjet technology was used to form precise cuts and form each steel piece used in the intricate design.