The French production company ECA2 asked Stageco to build several items for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. As part of this assignment we built this giant 27m high 'tree of life'. It was the central object during the opening ceremony on september 17th 2004. The crown of the tree was a completely custom built construction. The central tower, forming the trunk, was built, using our 1m-tower system. Lifting of the crown was done, using 3 frequency controlled winches, each with a double reeved capacity of 12 tons. Around this central object, we built a 42m diameter sloped floor, which had to be seamlessly integrated into the field. Apart from this central show elements, stageco was involved in building 18 projector platforms and the two main stages for the opening ceremony. For the closing ceremony we will be building the central stage.