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Ahepa Hellenic Heritage Foundation - Archive - 2000 Float Designer Press Release

Celebration 2000: Visions of the Future
From Our Float Designer, Dave Pittman


[Hellenic Float]


Color is a very important part of the Rose Parade®, and a colored temple is something unique to our concepts of ancient architecture.

"The emotion and pageantry of the Olympic Games makes the basis for a great float. Sculpturally, there are many wonderful elements to choose from, especially spanning the ancient and modern games. The Temple of Zeus is an exciting way to tie the float to the ancient games in Greece, and the mythology and pageantry so important to Greece and the early games. Visually, there were some exciting discoveries.

Architectural reconstructions reveal that the gable friezes of the temple, in addition to being elaborately detailed with relief sculptures, were originally painted. Color is a very important part of the Rose Parade®, and a colored temple is something unique to our concepts of ancient architecture. I look forward to seeing it interpreted florally. Additionally, the corners of the temple were adorned with very unusual tripod ornaments, allowing an opportunity for full flower displays. Using just the facade of the temple provides maximum size to these elements and creates a simple and open representation of the temple.

The Olympic torch leading the float provides for a world-class display of roses as the "flame", in a wide variety of colors - orange, yellow, white, and red. The display will be raised to the top of the float, which always enhances impact on television and the street, and promises to be a floral highlight of the Parade. The Olympic torch, more than perhaps anything else, is the emotional symbol of the Olympics to many people, as well as being a great sculptural element to lead off the float. I like, too, how it looks backdropped by the surrounding victor's crown of olive leaves. Riders will further emphasize the scale of the float. As refinement of the initial design progresses, it is an exciting project to be involved with. I am proud to again be associated with the AHEPA family, and am looking forward to seeing it in front of the rest of the world."



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