Bringing the competitive fire

Official supplier of steel for the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games Cauldron

The opportunity to contribute our product for the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games Cauldron is a proud moment in our storied history. It’s our way of helping to ignite the competitive spirit that has brought the best athletes from 41 countries to our backyard. A showcase of commitment and inspiration. That is a once-in-a-lifetime legacy.

About the Cauldron

The cauldron is the most iconic symbol of the 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe watched the cauldron come to life, scale by scale, during the Opening Ceremony. It was the culmination of 18 months of advanced manufacturing, community consultation and artistic interpretation.

The cauldron features 10 types of made-in-Hamilton steel from ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and is uniquely colourful and vibrant, reflecting the Games’ vision: ‘United We Play!’

It is an arresting image that expresses the uniqueness of Toronto and Canada – while representing the competitive fire of the Games.

The Cauldron’s Part in the Opening Ceremonies

The production of the Opening Ceremony told a story about uniqueness and diversity coming together seamlessly through a spectacular and complex performance that was at once both audacious and inspirational. Similarly, the Games cauldron is the sum of its unique parts – no one scale is repeated and each offers its own compelling story.

The People’s Cauldron

A replica cauldron has also been built as a commemorative legacy and will reside in Hamilton, Ontario. The initiation of its design brought more than 300 people from 30 communities together in Hamilton for a collaborative event, sharing their love of their communities. Each community group told stories and created small objects of art with pine cones. These activities informed the design of the unique scales of the People’s cauldron as artists from the Toronto-based STEPS Initiative interpreted the groups’ work and created 30 pieces of original art.

The artwork captures connections to each community’s history, physical and environmental landscape, industry, culture and, most importantly, its people. The 34 remaining scales contain the Games’ sport pictograms while one scale displays the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Logo.

The Making of the Cauldron

Both cauldrons were designed by Cirque du Soleil’s creative team. ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s technical and steelmaking team then specified and manufactured 34 tonnes and 10 types of steel for the pieces – including steel plate, hot roll sheet, Galvalume (plain and pre-painted), cold roll enamelling, round and square tubes, which were fabricated to the final cauldrons.

Types of Steel

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Where to Find It

Pan Am Dome (Rogers Centre)
1 Blue Jays Way
Toronto, ON M5V 1J1

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About ArcelorMittal Dofasco

We are Canada’s largest producer of flat carbon steel and part of the world’s largest steel and mining company. Our more than 5,400 employees are dedicated to being world class as we strive to transform tomorrow with lighter, stronger and more sustainable steel. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, and with world-class research and development, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the automotive, construction, energy, packaging and distribution sectors.

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