Cascade of Water in Dubai Set Aglow with LED Fixtures DUBAI, U.A.E. — The new 1.8-mile Dubai Water Canal, inaugurated Nov. 9, is a $550 million project extending Deira Creek, linking Business Bay to the Arabic Gulf. It also includes a shopping center, four hotels, 450 restaurants, luxury housing, bridges, walkways and bicycle paths — and a cascade of water lit with Helios Bronze FC underwater LED fixtures from DTS. The navigable saltwater canal is spanned by bridges measuring 12 meters high. One of the main visual attractions of the complex is a colorful 160-meter-wide water feature. Magical Water Fountains created the dynamic color lighting effects with 240 Helios Bronze FC underwater LED fixtures from DTS. The fixtures feature a full IP68 rating, a bronze exterior, bright output and RGBW color mixing. Philippe Aerts, CEO of Magical Water Fountains, credited the fixtures used for this project, which were developed with input from DTS engineer, Andrea Gabrielli. “Michel Amann of Crystal Group was the key person in the company for test process in real conditions, and being close with DTS R&D department is very important for us as we always want to increase to quality products.” he added. “The waterfall was engineered with the possibility to control each one of the 80 water pumps we installed individually,” Aerts continued. “We can open and close the water feature as a curtain for the entry and exit of boats. Each Helios Bronze FC offers a great choice in colors and will be used maybe to display some patterns during events.” Glass Animals Perform at London’s Roundhouse with Compact Control Setup LONDON — U.K.-based indie rock band Glass Animals performed at London’s Roundhouse in support of their latest album, How To Be A Human Being. The design, with LD Louisa Smurthwaite lighting a set design by Rob Sinclair, included some Tetris-like visuals. Like the video game itself, a control solution can lead to frustration if it’s too large or unwieldy to fit its intended space. That wasn’t an issue with the compact Vista S1 control surface that Smurthwaite used for this gig, along with two Vista M1 fader wings, all powered from her MacBook Pro. (She previously used the larger Vista L5 console on tours for Florence + The Machine and Kylie Minogue, and opted to purchase the S1 she used for this tour.) The Tetris cubes spring to life during the show with some creative uses of Martin MAC Viper Performances. “When touring, space is money,” Smurthwaite noted. “I needed a lighting control solution which was lightweight and portable. At first I was a little apprehensive about leaving the Vista L5 console behind, but I have now realized that the S1 / M1 combination offers absolutely no compromise in terms of creative possibilities or power.” The show lighting rig featured Martin Viper Performance and Air FX fixtures along with Martin Aura XBs, Clay Paky Mythos, various generics, and a huge golden mirror ball. Big Church Conference in South Africa Lit with New Fixtures CAPE TOWN, South Africa — The 2016 Every Nation Conference, an event organized once every three years by Cape Town, South Africa-based Every Nation Church, took place Oct. 3-7. The main venue was the 5,000-capacity Grand West’s Grand Arena in Cape Town. The event gave LD Alan Muller of FX Unlimited the chance to deploy Robe’s new Spiider fixtures for the first time. Muller used a dozen of the new LED washbeams as part of a rig that included more than 100 other Robe fixtures for the event, which was produced by Bad Weather Productions. C&S Audio, also based in Cape Town, supplied the gear. Bad Weather’s Andrew Bosman served as technical production manager, and Muller worked closely with him on this project. Bosman produced the original stage designs and the video content, working with his team and also with Pierre Smith, production director of Every Nation Church Somerset West. The four-day conference featured two speakers per day in the Grand Arena. The event also kept delegates busy with worship sessions, live bands and other activities. These events were streamed live and also recorded for a DVD, all of which had to be factored in for lighting. To give the Grand Arena a more intimate feel, the design included a hung series of trusses at 45° angles. Four over-stage trusses provided the main top-lighting positions with a symmetrical backlight design. The design also included a large oval center LED screen, three levels of LED strips rigged as truss borders left and right, and a pair of side screens completing the looks. At the front of the stage was an ovular thrust mimicking the screen shape, which was a cut-out of the Every Nation logo. This was the main focal point for speakers and presenters, and it served as an effective surface for taking gobo texturing for overhead job shots. The 12 Spiiders were initially intended to be used as side wash fill, but “their awesome tight beam” swayed Alan to use them as effects. “They are sooooo bright” he added. “Even using them as LED rings — the pixels are mappable — they delivered so many lumens, and I loved the fact you can find the zoom sweetspot where the pixel is perfectly focused.” Along with the Spiiders, the rig included 12 BMFL Blades for top and back light, stage texturing and specials for strategic cues, keyed in over 16 LEDWash 300s. Six BMFL WashBeams were primary key lights, and six LEDWash 600s toned the set elements. Eighteen ColorSpot 700E ATs were arranged in two squares either side of the oval LED screen and utilized for side texturing, with five ColorWash 700E ATs providing low back light behind the band risers. Six totem trusses upstage were loaded with bars of PAR 64s and strobes for tungsten glows, chases and blinding moments, and 20 Pointes were used for multiple beam work and effects all over the stage. Over the audience were another 20 Color- Spot and ColorWash 700E ATs, profiles and LED blinders. C&S Audio, headed by Donald Clark, was the first rental company in South Africa to invest in Robe moving lights and now has close to 300 Robe fixtures in their rental inventory, all delivered by Robe’s distributor, DWR.
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