Because lighting is exposed to the elements, including torrential rains, Baeri sought proven workhorse fixtures with an IP rating and turned to a line he has trusted in the past. “Elation pretty much owns the outdoor market when it comes to moving lights,” he states. “The Proteus line is not just another product of theirs slapped into a waterproof shell. It is a well-thought-out line of fixtures designed not only to operate in inclement weather, but also to perform on a stadium scale with stadium reliability night after night.”
Baeri’s design incorporates 267 Proteus Hybrid and 191 Proteus Excalibur units as the two main workhorse fixtures of the rig. Both lights are powerful design tools with CMY color mixing systems and comprehensive effects packages.
“The Proteus Hybrid is one of my favorite lights on the market right now,” said Baeri, adding that he placed the fixtures in overhead positions to cover the huge set. “I’m always looking for a light that does its primary function very well rather than trying to do a hundred things well enough. The Hybrid is a no frills, extremely bright and clean stadium spot fixture. It’s not a subtle light by any means, and I mean that in a good way. It is super strong, powerful with a super impressive zoom range, and is bright enough to still be visible as an aerial fixture hundreds of feet away even in a saturated color.”
The other major player in the show, the Proteus Excalibur, line the runway and stage for attention-grabbing uplighting effects. “This thing was made to shoot into space and be a culminated beam fixture that cuts through space,” the designer says of the 0.8° beam moving head that powers out 7500 lux @ 100m. “I have never seen output like this from a fixture that’s not a large format architectural fixture. There is certainly nothing like it in the market. We lined the runway and stage edge with these and they would shoot thousands of feet in the air, so much so that we got messages from our friends miles away from the stadium with pictures of these things shooting into space. It’s like having a sky tracker that you can use as a quick responsive show light.”
Baeri says the Hybrid and Excalibur’s brightness was a key element for the scope of the show. “The throw distances for this show were close to 300’ in most cases and these lights held their own. They are fully featured lights that perform at brightness even while using their features. Most lights of this class have great output, but the second you drop a feature or a color in, the output goes away. The majority of the show is in a red color space, and you could clearly see beams of light straight across the stadium in deep rich colors.” The designer adds that the gear has held up excellently, surviving “floods of biblical proportions without skipping a beat.”
Solotech serves as lighting and video vendor for the tour, fulfilling a rider of over 1100 fixtures in a market wrought with supply issues. “I couldn’t be happier with Solotech and the crew they provided for this,” Baeri said. “When you break down the numbers, each member of the crew was responsible for about 200 lights, and they delivered day after day on a gigantic rig without ever missing a beat. They deserve the highest of compliments and my upmost gratitude. Rob Kennedy, our account manager, found everything we needed without skipping a beat or batting an eye. Just absolutely crushed it on this one.”