eclipse shines a light on Mother of the Nation
UAE: Various companies from the eclipse Group combined forces to supply lights, power, rigging, audio and special effects to cover sections of the recent Mother of the Nation Festival in Abu Dhabi. The second edition of the festival took place along the corniche and featured more than 100 activities over 10 days.
The 1km stretch of beach was lit via 10 towers hosting both conventional and atmospheric lighting. With bad weather forecast, eclipse Staging Services deployed some of its more robust fixtures such as the Claypaky Alpha Beam, and the Martin Mac 2000 Spot. Despite multiple electrical storms and gale force winds hitting the site, only minor damage occurred to some fixtures leading to simple repairs and maintenance throughout the festival.
In a different area eclipse worked with lighting designer, Tupac Martir, for the City of Lights installation, one of the bigger zones of the festival. Trenching below the beach, the company laid power cables and built specialised rigs to support all the equipment. The installation called for over 300 fixtures including Claypaky B-Eyes, Alpha Washes, Sharpys and Martin Mac Viper Profiles and Auras. ‘It was a Herculean task,’ recalled Tom Warneke, eclipse’s project manager. ‘The team worked tirelessly to flesh out a bespoke solution across the site to fit the multiple installations.’
To add different lighting effects, Laser FX installed a selection of lasers around the venue, such as the RGB lasers used in conjunction with mirrors and water to create displays on the pathways, as well as lasers used to map various cubed structures in different colours. ‘We had limited time to rig each laser due to the bad weather,’ said Laser FX technician Olly Yates. ‘Thanks to the eventual break in the wind, and our team’s persistence, we were able to get each laser up and running.’
Over in the Happiness zone, Stage FX provided a number of Universal Effects Bubble Machines, which required over 200 litres of bubble fluid for the 10 days.
‘eclipse’s response to challenging weather situations is second to none,’ stated Mr Warneke. ‘It has been a challenging season in terms of demanding weather, but we have demonstrated that we’re well prepared for such things by getting our shows back up and running to 100 per cent as efficiently and safely as possible. Despite thunderstorms, tight timescales, last minute changes and equipment damage, the festival ran smoothly with thanks to the monumental efforts made by many people. Well done everyone involved, it was a testing few weeks with a gratifying outcome.’