The mascot plays an important role as a sign of the visual identity of the Games. Despite all the artistic freedom, the character had to stick not only to the spirit of the Games, but also to the palette of other graphic creations and was mainly aimed at children. It was therefore in the same tradition as the Schneemandl, the mascot of the 1976 Innsbruck Games. Magique, the mascot of the 1992 Games, has a playful design. With its star-shaped body, this leprechaun clearly arises from a fantasy world. Thanks to this playfulness, Magique was to become “the sentimental counterpart to the technical dominance of the Games”, as mentioned in the official report. The creator of the mascot is the graphic artist and illustrator Philippe Mairesse (see right). He first designed Magique as a marionette. Then Mairesse made a two-dimensional line drawing, from which various coloured versions of the figure in different poses were created. This could be used, for example, to represent the various Olympic sports. The colours in which Magique appears are inspired by the French tricolour. Magique was presented to the public in 1989, replacing the first mascot, the Vanoise chamois.