Anyone who’s ever watched a gymnastics competition on television (and who hasn’t during the Olympics?) knows they can be pretty dramatic and intense affairs. This sense of drama was intensified at the 2015 Men’s and Women’s Artistic British Gymnastics Championship recently, thanks to some creative use of our Geyser RGB water-based foggers.
Lighting designer Stephen Jolly positioned six Geysers at strategic points in Liverpool’s Echo Arena during the internationally acclaimed event, which was held March 27-29th and drew Olympic, world and European gymnastic stars. Jolly arranged four of the Geysers around the performance platform in the center of the arena and positioned the remaining two out of sight under grills at the venue’s entrance.
“As gymnasts walked in, the Geysers under the stage would fire, as if colored smoke was appearing from nowhere on the stage,” said Tim Jacques, Commercial Director Of Novum AV, which supplied lighting staging, sound, pyro, video and cameras for the event. Shooting safe water-based fog 25 feet in the air and illuminating it in a rich mix of LED colors, the Geyer RGB units set an appropriately dramatic tone for the entrance of the competitors. The actual Geyser foggers being hidden out of sight under the grill only added to the impact of the presentation.
The four Geyser foggers positioned around the stage were activated at critical points during the event. For example, their colorful plumes were used to create a festive aura during the award ceremonies. With an output of 17,000 cubic feet per minute, the Geyser RGB units were able to provide a volume of fog that was more than ample enough to make a memorable impression on the audience in the spacious (11,000 capacity) arena.
Some eye-popping wash lighting from our sister company CHAUVET Professional’s Q-Wash 560Z-LED added to the exciting visuals surrounding the competition. Jolly arranged eight Q-Wash 560Z-LED fixtures on either side of the raised competition stage. Spaced approximately 23 feet apart, the wash fixtures filled an important dual role during the event, serving as color washes at some points, then working with high output aerial beam effects at other points.
“The Q-Washes enabled us to create some simple color across the podium, light parts of the arena seating and then bounce color off the roof of the arena,” said Jacques. “What made the Q-Washes so well suited for this project was their combination of a wide zoom and tight beam angle. When these fixtures were in a tight – 6° – beam, they did not look out of place at all with the bigger beam fixtures we used for some of our looks.”
Everyone involved in the event, from its organizers to its audience, was impressed by the colorful fog as well as the entire lightshow. “The client commented that this year’s event was the best yet – and we were over the moon,” said Jacques. “The reaction from the audience was great; people really engaged with the presentation.” Indeed, if they gave out awards for fixtures during this event, the Q-Wash 560Z-LED and Geyser RGB might well have won gold medals.