In association with pyrotechnic specialists Groupe F, eclipse Staging Services provided technical support to the audio and video elements of the Louvre Abu Dhabi opening ceremony.
Commencing the UAE’s latest cultural project, eclipse delivered a full audio, video and power supply project for the opening ceremony of the cultural institution. Colourful events and cultural performances marked the opening day celebrations held in the Saadiyat Island Cultural District on Saturday, 11 November. Witnessing the celebrations of the festive programmes were major figures and dignitaries from the UAE and France. Such support is built on the premise of connecting myriad cultures from all over the world, celebrating similarities and common bonds among cultural elements. Onlookers were left amazed to see an audio-visual presentation by Groupe F with images projected across the main museum complex, depicting masterpieces from Louvre Abu Dhabi's artwork collection from across the world.
eclipse supplied full video mapping solution using 21 Christie projectors powered by 2 Green Hippo Taiga media servers to generate a seamless image across the entire side of the Louvre facing what is known as the concrete beach.
In addition to distributing the power, eclipse also provided three stacks of J Series D&B audio, which were housed in white audio transparent enclosures, so that they blended in to the side of the Louvre and became a part of the projection surface.
The build for the towers was a two-day affair, with the projection and audio infrastructure all loading in over a ten-hour period. Lining up of all the projectors and content, which was made up of 21 individual video surfaces, was a process that took several days.
eclipse also supplied three 125kva generators to power the show as well as all of the associated power distribution requirements.
Speaking about the show, eclipse’s Project Manager Duncan Shortt comments, “It is obviously a totally unique space, which has never been used for an event before, so from start to finish it was really a question of crossing new bridges every day on the journey to delivering the show.”
Duncan continued: “With the venue still in the transitional period between final owner and the contractor, and involvement with the facilities management company and other independent entities, the production was at times quite challenging, especially when it came to finalising generator and tower locations, and juggling aesthetics with finding parts of the venue that were accessible and had sufficient load bearing capacity for the infrastructure required for the show.”
“The establishment of a huge tourist attraction deserves the widest selection of audio, video, and power services to ensure peak performance with the highest-quality designs and installations; I’m thrilled to say that eclipse was chosen to support the occasion.” concludes Martin Lubach, eclipse Staging Services General Manager.
Concept by: Christophe Berthonneau
Music composed by: Scott Gibbon
Production: Groupe F