TOKYO Ė Giant Olympic rings have been installed on the Tokyo waterfront as a monument adding to the Japanese capitalís urban landscape and atmosphere ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, the capitalís metropolitan government announced on Friday.
The steel symbol of five interlocking rings in blue, yellow, black, green and red stands about 15.3 meters high and 32.6 meters wide on a floating platform at Odaiba Marine Park, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said in a statement.
Odaiba Marine Park will be the venue for the open-water marathon swimming (10 kilometers), as well as the triathlon events.
The huge symbol features a lighting system that will be switched on for the first time on Jan. 24, a date that marks exactly six months before the start of the Tokyo Games, along with a fireworks display in the bay and other events.
After the Olympics, to be held from July 24 to Aug. 9 in Tokyo, the structure will be replaced by the symbol of the Paralympic Games, which will run from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6, according to organizers.
The monument can be seen from Friday in the vicinity of the iconic Rainbow Bridge, one of the most recognizable buildings in the Tokyo Bay landscape, where most of the Olympic venues are located.