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Chauvet supports “Love Has No Limits” event in Houston
“Love Has No Limits - 1 Day Houston”, which was actually a two-day event, raised awareness and funds for community organizations in the Texas city. The Activity’s Patrick Dierson, who led the creative team, initially planned on working with a much larger stage at The Toyota Center, but logistics got in the way, necessitating a change in his design strategy.
“Ultimately, we were forced into having a smaller turntable, which led to a slightly tighter performance area”, says Dierson. “With things beginning to narrow, we started playing with the idea of going with a more elongated look for the project. So, we decided to base the overall design on a series of trusses that would be orientated upstage to downstage at an upward rake. This ended up giving us a much larger overall look.”
Working with this rig, Dierson and lighting director Justin Cheatham created the looks for headliners Tim McCraw, Tobe Nwigwe, Tori Kelly and other stars, ranging from soft monochromatic washes, to intense crisscrossing patterns of bright white light. Contributing to the panorama were 32 Colorado PXL 16 motorized battens from Chauvet Professional, which, like the rest of the fixtures, were supplied by Gemini Light Sound & Video. The Colorado linear units were flown on alternating fingers. While the linear battens were on one group of fingers, washes, spots and other moving fixtures were positioned on the others.
“Being a huge fan of negative space, I wanted to find a way to achieve that without wasting large swaths of airspace, especially since our performance area was compressed”, says Dierson. “This ultimately led us to take a slightly different approach to how fixtures were used. In this regard, we had our alternating trusses of wash lights and Chauvet PXL Bar 16s both being able to provide a proper even stage wash in the performance area as well as being able to provide aerial effects that were unique to each of those types of fixtures’ look.”
Harmonizing with this lighting rig was a multi-layered video wall that displayed a plethora of 3D images. Created with AI and Epic’s Unreal Engine, these images included geometric patterns, soft whimsical metaphors, photographs, and a host of other visualizations. Dierson credits media director Bob Bonniol and his team at Mode Studios for their work in adding this dimension to the production.
(Photos: Chauvet Professional)
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