Illuminate Production Services debuts Proteus Excalibur in Space Needle’s spectacular New Year’s Eve show

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Illuminate Production Services debuts Proteus Excalibur in Space Needle’s spectacular New Year’s Eve show

Illuminate Production Services debuts Proteus Excalibur in Space Needle's spectacular New Year's Eve show

United States – Seattle’s Space Needles New Year’s Eve fireworks and light show is arguably the most iconic NYE celebration on the West Coast of the United States. This year, despite a recently updated lighting system, organizers used Illuminate Production Services (IPS) and Elation Professional products to once again illuminate the legendary NYE show.

IPS was the first in the world to release Elation’s new Proteus Excalibur beam moving head as part of a larger Elation lighting package and was thrilled with the opportunity. “We received the first 12 units in the country and were in use two days later,” said IPS President Rick Franke. “Supply chain issues tied product arrival, quality control and deployment tightly together, but Eric Loader and his team at Elation made it happen. We couldn’t ask for a better partner.

After two years of cancellations – high winds in 2019/20 and COVID last year – Space Needle’s New Year’s Eve show was back in a big way. Illuminate Production Services was responsible for the lighting aspect of the event, again collaborating with Pyro Spectaculars, as well as fireworks designer Alberto Navarro. Rick Franke managed the lighting project and the IPS team. Caleb Franke, director of IPS’s new design company, Illuminate Creative Entertainment (ICE), served as lighting designer.

On a project of this magnitude, there are always engineering and spectacle challenges to overcome and the biggest challenge this year, according to Rick Franke, had to do with the elements. “It had snowed six inches the day before the load and the high all that week was around 25 degrees Fahrenheit. The ice and freezing temperatures were a major challenge for the crew. It turned out to be the coldest week in Seattle in over 30 years. »

In other words, ideal conditions for the all-weather Proteus from Elation!

IPS turned to several luminaires from the award-winning Proteus line by positioning the Proteus Maximus (six), Proteus Hybrid (12) and Proteus Beam (24) luminaires at multiple positions from the top of the 605-foot structure to the ground. The 12 new Proteus Excalibur luminaires lined the Space Needle’s distinctive saucer roof and were at the heart of the light show.

“We wanted the visual impact of a powerful beam, something that could be seen both live and on camera, and the Excalibur beam is huge,” said Rick Franke, who explains that the Excaliburs replaced the Proteus Hybrids on the saucer, working devices that were reassigned to other levels. “With the wide lens of the Excalibur [260mm] and the Beam Expander feature, they created a wider, fatter beam that could be seen better from a distance. The speed of the device is excellent for its size and, of course, being IP rated was absolutely necessary. »

The 20,000 lumen Excalibur features an extremely narrow 0.8° beam that can be widened to 3.5° using an expander lens. Powered by a long-lasting (550W) Philips Platinum 500 FLEX lamp, it houses CMY color mixing as well as additional colors and offers a wide range of gobo and prism overlays.

“They paired well with the other members of the Proteus family and were definitely the exclamation point for the lighting part of the show,” Franke said.

T-Mobile, the former sponsor of the Space Needle NYE show, was so impressed with the brightness and saturation of T-Mobile’s signature magenta, Franke says they told Space Needle management, some bit ironic, that “You could see it From Canada!” A pre-New Year’s Eve countdown light show allowed for the lighting of an exclusive stage on which to create excitement.

Other Elation fixtures used during the Space Needle NYE show included an IP65-rated Paladin wash/strobe/blinds mounted inside the stair railing along three sides of the Space Needle core (ten fixtures per side). Twelve Cuepix 16 IP LED matrix panels washed the top of the saucer while 24 Dyna Drums from sister company Acclaim were used to illuminate the core. All of the lights in the show were designed and pre-programmed using Capture design software.

With an elevator that only stopped at three levels, IPS workers often had to negotiate two sets of more than 960 exposed stairs that ran up and down the structure, just one of many obstacles the team IPS had to overcome. “This team is the best in the business,” Franke says of his team. “They withstood the elements and put on a fantastic show. Considering the amount of ice, the freezing temperatures, and the amount of work to do in a relatively short amount of time, they were amazing. They lead with more heart and determination than one can imagine.

He concludes with a word of thanks. “A special thank you to Elation Professional for allowing us to launch the Excaliburs, and also a special thank you to Pyro Spectaculars of Sacramento and the Space Needle team.”

photos: Sigma Sreedharan and Alex Aslanian (IPS)

www.elationlighting.com

Illuminate Production Services debuts Proteus Excalibur in Space Needle's spectacular New Year's Eve showIlluminate Production Services debuts Proteus Excalibur in Space Needle's spectacular New Year's Eve show

February 16, 2022

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