The Los Angeles 2028 (LA28) organizing committee released the design for the emblem of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Describing the emblem as “a collection of voices to represent LA and the Games,” LA28 recruited athletes and celebrities alike to influence the design, with each developing their own view of what the logo should look like.
Both the design by Manuel and the one by Hill have water-like elements to them. An animation of Hill’s features an A that emerges from water bubbles and then is magnified by them.
“You see the whole world through the eyes of Los Angeles,” Hill says of his inspiration. “It’s a magnifying glass of the American melting pot.”
Meanwhile the design for Manuel, who won 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the 2016 Olympic Games, focuses more on the splash elements of water than the bubbles, with the letter A emerging with a splash and then a multi-colored splash running through it.
“Dream big, dream bold, and dream beyond traditional assumptions,” Manuel said of the inspiration for her inspiration-themed logo.
The logo is innovative in that it doesn’t exist as a single image; rather, it exists as a collection of community-inspired images that replace the A in “LA28” with different stylizations and visions of the letter which represent the different stylizations and visions that the Olympic Games bring together, and the diversity of the city.
“LA defies a singular identity,” a description on the organizing committee’s website reads. “Los Angeles is more than a city. It’s a mindset. A movement. Millions of people speaking hundreds of languages coming together under two iconic letters. LA is an infinite canvas to pursue your wildest dreams.
Janet Evans, a four-time gold medalist from the Barcelona and Seoul Games holds the Director of Athlete Relations position for LA28.
LA28 focused on creating a digital and animated emblem in order to “keep fresh for the unprecedented eight-year journey to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in LA.” The dynamic logo had a direct influence from LA-based artists and Olympians, especially Allyson Felix, a nine-time medal winner in track. “I’ve been surrounded by excellence growing up here. People in LA are doing incredible things and it’s hard for that not to rub off. You want to be better when you’re here,” said Felix.
“There has never been a more important time to give rise to athlete voices,” said LA28 Chairperson Casey Wasserman. “Sports are a special part of our global culture, connecting people and fans across communities and around the world. The LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a platform for individual stories of triumph, heartbreak and opportunity as we recognize and revere humanity’s diversity and dreams for the future.”
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