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Utopium create backdrop for Green Capital launch
UK – Bristol buildings were bathed with creative architectural lighting by Utopium to provide a stunning backdrop for the city to launch its year as European Green Capital, 23rd – 25th January 2015.
Utopium was contracted by Richmond Event Management (REM) to help deliver successive Green Capital launch events, with the official opening ceremony followed by a high-wire stunt ‘Bridging the Gap'.
Having already turned Bristol’s iconic Suspension Bridge Green on New Year’s Eve, Utopium returned to work with REM at the Victoria Rooms as the company worked with local AV supplier, Evans Audio Visual Staging to light the official opening ceremony on 23rd January. Utopium set the green scene with interior lighting featuring LED wireless uplighters and stage lighting inside the historic Victoria Rooms, whilst also lighting the building’s facade green. Guests included European Commissioners, international delegations, government and national officials alongside the Mayor of Bristol and local green organisations.
Utopium was simultaneously working with REM and Cirque Bijou at the Create Centre to bring to life the creative concept of its ‘Bridging the Gap’ stunt highlighting ‘the difference between our green intentions and our actions' on 24th January. A 120 metre long high-wire was suspended between warehouses on the city’s harbour side, which world-famous high-wire artist Jade Kindar-Martin cycled across, whilst Hollywood stuntwoman Karine Mauffrey performed a dramatic aerial trapeze routine suspended beneath the bicycle.
Colin Bodenham, MD of Utopium worked with Jon Newman to design and install the architectural lighting display, providing a stunning backdrop across the event site. He said: “We lit the buildings and footbridge minimising electricity consumption in line with the Green capital ethos, whilst accommodating the video projection of Cirque Bijou’s performance. Using energy efficient high output LED fixtures we illuminated the three structures using just 12kW which required 48Amps total. We also supplied the followspots for the high-wire performance. Each were 2.5kW and had the perfect zoom range, these were sited on covered platforms installed by Serious Stages.
“Given the scale of the site and significant size of the old bonded warehouses there were three areas of power distribution and data distribution sited at each of the buildings and at our control position. Detailed logistics planning ensured the project ran like clockwork.
“The lights were turned on just before dusk so that as the ambient light levels fell, the building began to glow out of the dusk, during the actual Bridging The Gap performance, our LD Stuart Farrell took instruction from the Cirque Bijou show caller liaising with the creative team to produce the dramatic effect required.”
2nd February 2015
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