Claypaky lights the way for 2017
SINGAPORE: Since 2005, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay has partnered with the Urban Redevelopment Authority to stage the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC) throughout the month of December. For MBSC 2017, a moving light element was introduced to the event for the first time, accompanying the fireworks. Lighting designer Samson Phua of special effects company Intermay Magix specifying an all Claypaky Mythos solution that resulted in rental company Showtec Group supplying 60 of the fixtures that it had acquired from the manufacturer’s Singaporean distributor, Acoustic & Lighting System Pte Ltd.
‘In the event's 11-year history there has never been an integrated moving light element,’ noted Mr Phua. ‘One of our key pitches to Esplanade when bidding for the design contract was that we would use the powerful beams of light to frame the firework display and provide spectacular stand-alone visuals. We knew the Mythos was powerful enough to accomplish this vision.’
The combined fireworks and moving lights display was named New Dawn and Mr Phua’s design was based on five ‘solar phases’: Rising Dawn, Vibrant Dawn, Fast and Furious Dawn, Runaway Dawn and Glamorous Dawn. ‘We built a spherical rig in the centre of the 360-hectare bay that represented the sun,’ he explained. ‘We then placed the Mythos around its circumference and along the eight sun beams that emanated from it.
‘The Mythos is strong enough to project beams in an expansive outdoor environment without getting lost,’ Mr Phua continued. ‘The beams were also bright enough to break through the lights of the huge firework display at the centre of the rig. Additionally, the fixtures were far easier to set up than other lights on the market and were much more versatile in what they offered us.’