PRG provided around 1,000 lighting fixtures for the show, including Elation Proteus Hybrid™ and Proteus Maximus™ luminaires. Surrounded by water and exposed to the elements, the fixtures had to perform amidst a challenging environment.
The extreme conditions at Hatta, combined with the extensive use of water screens meant that I had to find lighting fixtures that could work reliably in extremes of heat and cold and under a regular deluge of water,” Poet remarked. “The rig was in view of the audience so it needed to look clean and neat – we didn’t want to have to cover the units with domes or other waterproofing.”
Poet says the size and scale of the venue meant that he needed very bright sources that would register in the vast landscape. It was also important, he says, to have a consistent quality of light across all sources. “Everything had to be symmetrical and exact – there was nowhere to hide. For this reason, and also to save power, I was keen to base the rig on LED sources.” He continues, “In addition, the lights needed to deliver scale and spectacle in response to the sound track, magnifying the energy of the music, and framing the stage design with elegant, geometric and sculptural rays of light.”
Poet and the lighting team used 100 LED-based Proteus Maximus plated around the perimeter of the elliptical performance area, and 108 Maximus and 56 Proteus Hybrids on the horizon arc walkway to frame the main set.