July 11, 2014
The Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock was unveiled today in Nathan Phillips Square.
It features a traditional clock counting down the days and minutes to the start of the Pan Am Games on July 10, 2015, as well as the Parapan Am Games on August 7, 2015, but according to Cisco that is where the similarities end.
The second component is an interactive touch-screen kiosk that provides visitors with Games information at their fingertips. Using the kiosk’s photo app, visitors can take a shot of themselves in Nathan Phillips Square, download the photo with their smartphone, and email it or share it via social media from the clock’s photo page at www.ciscotoronto2015.ca.
The 5.5-metre tall, two-part structure drew applause from both the children and dignitaries in the crowd today when the clock was “woken” from its slumber by a team of Cirque du Soleil stilt acrobats, Brazilian drummers and break dancers performing a charivari as two BMX cyclists did tricks around the structure.
The clock itself stands 5.5 metres tall, weighs 7.3 metric tonnes, uses five kilometres of fiber optic internet cable, took 7,000 hours to build and features five screens with each measuring 119 centimetres.