Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Vancouver's Omega Countdown Clock for the 2010 Olympics has round-the-clock security

Omega Countdown Clock on Feb. 12, 2009
Photo by Sue Frause

I was somewhat surprised that there's 24-hour security for the Omega Countdown Clock located in the plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Well, maybe I shouldn't be.

When I was in Vancouver last month for the one-year-to-go countdown celebration on Feb. 12, 2009 in Vancouver, which included a wonderful one-year-to-go concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre featuring Sarah McLachlan and others, I stopped by to take a picture of the clock. Yup, there was the security guard, keeping an eye on the much photographed time piece.

According to CTV, during the summer of '08, a group of protesters "doused the steel and glass showpiece with white paint, but were caught several blocks away." Ironically, in a non-protesting incident, the clock stopped in November '08. Read more about it on CTV's website.

The 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games officially begin in 11 months as of March 12. I'm the new Olympics 2010 Olympics Travel Examiner for Examiner.com and will be writing about all Olympics all the time. Well, a lot of the time. You can access the site here.