Working together the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games replica cauldron will soon be a part of Hamilton’s iconic waterfront

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It’s been five months since our city hosted one of the 2015 Pan / Parapan Am Games’ premier events, Soccer. For ArcelorMittal Dofasco, the opportunity to contribute our product for the Toronto2015 Games Cauldrons was a proud moment in our storied history. It was our way of helping to ignite the competitive spirit that brought the best athletes from 41 countries to our backyard. A showcase of commitment and inspiration. A once-in-a-lifetime legacy.

As we close out the year and say goodbye to the Games, we are very excited to know that the spirit of the Games lives on in Hamilton. It’s a time we’ll never forget and that is why we are proud to say that our team is working with the City of Hamilton to locate the Peoples’Cauldron (replica) to the city’s waterfront. The waterfront is a destination and gathering place which is undergoing significant change and development. A big part of this evolution is public art and we are pleased that the cauldron, proudly fabricated from made-in-Hamilton steel, will be part of our beautiful waterfront.

“The Pan Am Games showcased our City’s community spirit, multiculturalism and incredible ability to host the world,” said Mayor Eisenberger. “The legacy of the Games will be preserved for future generations with the cauldron located on our waterfront. ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s commitment to our community is demonstrated again in their effort to find a permanent home for the Pan Am Cauldron. Their partnership with many Hamilton initiatives continues to help build our City.”

The People’s Cauldron (replica) artwork captures connections to each host community as well as ethnic and cultural communities that make up our region’s history, physical and environmental landscape, industry and most importantly, its people. 34 additional scales contain the Games’ sport pictograms while one scale displays the ArcelorMittal Dofasco logo.

“I feel incredibly proud of our team who brought the strength and beauty of our steel together with the power of sport for this incredible event,” said Sean Donnelly, President and CEO, ArcelorMittal Dofasco. “Our steel is showcased through unique, vibrant pieces of art that came together as part of the Games’ opening ceremony to form a first: a replica cauldron designed with community input. We watched in awe as the Games’ cauldron was lit for the first time – it was 34-tonnes of made-in-Hamilton ArcelorMittal Dofasco steel erupting to form the Games’ most iconic symbol.”

The Peoples’ Cauldron (replica) was built as a commemorative legacy. 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 as artists from the Toronto-based STEPS Initiative interpreted the groups’ work and created 30 pieces of original art.

“Such a truly Hamilton artistic display should have a prominent and ‎permanent place so that all of us in the city and our thousands of annual visitors may enjoy, said Councillor Jason Farr.

Watch a video about the making of the cauldron.

Learn more about the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games’ Cauldron visit the cauldron site.

Learn more about the City of Hamilton’s Setting Sail waterfront redevelopment plan.