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The Olympic Spectacular: made with our low-carbon emissions steel

When Parisians woke up a new feature adorned their most famed landmark, The Eiffel Tower.


Measuring in at 29 metres wide by 15 metres high and framed in between the Tower’s first and second floors approximately 60 metres off the ground, the Olympic Spectacular, a giant version of the world famous five interlocking rings that form the Olympic symbol, proudly projected across Paris. Painted in the famous Olympic colours, the rings will turn bright white at night, enabling them to shine across the Paris skyline.

The Spectacular is an incredible feat of engineering in terms of both its manufacture and erection. It started off its life as end-of-life scrap steel that were melted in an electric arc furnace using renewable electricity at our site in Châteauneuf before being pre-rolled at our Le Creusot site and then rolled further in Dunkerque, the heartbeat of our French operations and one of Europe’s largest steelmaking sites. The XCarb® recycled and renewably produced low-carbon emissions steel was then delivered to a workshop near Épinal in the Vosges region, where it was cut, bent and welded and then painted according to the Olympic colour specifications.

Raising the Spectacular was thoroughly tested in mid-May to prepare for today’s event where, in the early hours of the morning, it was hoisted in position to watch over Paris for the duration of the Olympic Games. A proud day for everyone at ArcelorMittal, particularly our French colleagues who have worked so hard to deliver this exciting project.

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