Sochi Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

The journey of the little girl was a central theme that ran through the entire opening act. In one scene she holds a large, bright red balloon in her hand as she rises up to then walk on top of a large globe. It was imperative to the production that when she let the red balloon go, it flew in a predefined flight path that would not collide with any of the other structures hanging from the the roof. Using a bespoke radio control system, the red balloon was guided exactly from our pilot on the ground as it flew up and away.

  • Location: Fischt Olympic Stadion, Sochi, Russia
  • Date: February 2014
  • Summary of work: design, construction and on-site radio controlled operation of a large red balloon with radio controlled interior lighting
  • Client: FiveCurrents, Los Angeles, USA