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White Light Reflects on Guggenheim Bilbao 20th Anniversary
Spain – Last week, the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was transformed into an impressive public artistic intervention. Created by Tony Award-winning artists 59 Productions, the Museum saw its distinctive titanium curves and soaring glass atrium used as a vast canvas which was project-mapped for an audience of more than 300,000 spectators over four nights. With a reputation for providing bespoke technical solutions within unique locations, White Light was called upon to supply the lighting, rigging and power distribution, along with the project management and crew.
The lighting designer for the project was Benjamin Pearcy and his design, in-hand with director, Leo Warner, was inspired by the Museum’s rich history alongside Frank Gehry’s visionary design. The projections transformed his architectural masterwork by bringing it to life in an unmissable iridescent celebration of the people and city of Bilbao. The 20-minute animated artwork set to an original score by Nick Powell traced two decades of history and creativity in Bilbao.
The project was overseen by WL for senior account manager Dominic Yates, whereas the on-site team was led by WL’s senior project manager Martin Strods who had a team of six supporting him. The WL team flew out to Spain where they spent five days building the technical set up.
As part of their technical support, WL supplied three custom-designed Prolyte H30V truss towers which housed the projectors on the opposite side of the river; all of which were then projected directly onto the Museum. Dominic adds: “With a project like this, it required a lot of intricate planning. We had to ensure that the projectors were in precise positions in order to encapsulate the shape of the building and ensure that the projection design was fully brought to life.”
Alongside this, WL also supplied 30 Claypaky Sharpy Spots with outdoor domes, 14 Philips VarLite 3500 Washes, nine SGM G-Spots, seven Claypaky Mythos, eight Elation SixPars along with 12 SGM P5 Floods. All of this was controlled via a grandMA2 Fullsize and Lite control system.
James Roxburgh, production manager at 59 Productions, comments: “We are extremely proud to have conceived and delivered a project as ambitious as Reflections. We were able to transform the iconic Guggenheim Museum and share this moment of celebration with huge audiences in Bilbao as well as across the world. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without WL and really appreciate their brilliant efforts throughout the build right through to final delivery.”
Dominic comments: “This was a hugely ambitious project that saw us working with an iconic venue. Collaborating closely with 59 Productions, we were able to create something that looked stunning and received global recognition.”
In picture: 59 Productions transform Guggenheim Museum Bilbao with Reflections, a spectacular projection-mapping event to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
photos: Justin Sutcliffe
25th October 2017
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