A city worker hangs two Olympic banners from a Vancouver lamppost Wednesday. ((CBC))

The city of Vancouver has begun mounting Olympic banners on lampposts around the city.

Crews will install 6,000 banners with official Olympic logos in shades of blue and green, and imprinted with 18 different design motifs.

"There are pictographs of both Olympic and Paralympic athletes on the banners," said city spokeswoman Leslie Bolt.

"As well as the False Creek bridges – Burrard and Granville – what you are going to see is Sea to Sky artwork. And that represents the Games venues all the way from Vancouver to Whistler."

The project cost about $650,000, Bolt said.

The banners will be recycled for other uses after the Games.