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Arcadia gets laser energy blast

Production News
4 June 2018
Luke Taylor

THE GIANT spider Arcadia, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with a 20,000 capacity festival in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park headlined by Leftfield, needed a projection system capable of holding its own against flamethrowers, lighting and pyrotechnics.

Visuals company Central Presentations Ltd (CPL), which has worked with Arcadia since 2013, had to project crisp, detailed images onto both sides of each of the spider’s three legs, describing them as “fundamental structural elements” of the 360 degree spectacle.

To achieve this, the company invested in six Barco UDX-4K laser projectors, each capable of projecting 31,000 lumens. The projectors, with a throw distance of about 40 metres, were located on six scaffolding towers built around the perimeter of the performance space.

“Everyone was impressed with the output and power of the Barcos considering their small size,” says CPL’S George Oakey. “There was a noticeable difference in the quality and feel of the projections on this show compared to the conventional lamp [rather than laser] projectors used at previous events.”

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