BCL set sail with Pro Shop LED Honeycomb 72 TV’s

Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010


Brisbane concert Lighting found using their new Pro Shop LED Honeycomb 72 TV fixtures to be child’s play on their first outing – the 10th biennial Out of the Box festival.

Presented by QPAC and State Library of Queensland, the festival is aimed to excite and ignite the imagination of children from 8-14 and this year, paper boats were a major talking point.

Paper Boat River, was a living artwork created for and by under 8s. Inviting them to respond to the question: ‘What does the river mean to you?’, children wrote or drew their answers on a square of paper, which was then folded to become an origami boat. The boats were added to an already defined “organic line” thus affecting the length, direction, and shape of the river.

Paper Boat Lanterns was a dynamic, interactive installation for children and families created by Queensland artist and architect Suzanne Bosanquet. During the day you could put on your captain’s hat and climb aboard one of these giant paper boats. At night alight to shore to watch the show as these stranded ships take on a ghostly glow.

The installation of large scale paper boat lanterns were created from fully recyclable materials and illuminated from within by the Pro Shop LED Honeycomb 72 TV fixtures.

”The newest addition to our hire department is the LED Honeycomb 72 TV,” remarked Sam Walter of Brisbane Concert Lighting. “The original Honeycomb 72 was hugely popular, and the new TV (touring version) are 20% lighter and have smaller pixel control.

“As well as the weight reduction, the 72 allows static colour selection and stand alone control via the digital menu. It can be run using DMX in 6 channel mode or the more flexible 13 channel mode which gives four segments of control. The 72 is also IP rated which makes it a fantastic outdoor fixture for uplighting trees, buildings and marquees.”

The new Pro Shop LED Honeycomb 72 TV fixtures were ideal for the Paper Boat installations as the spec required weather proof, colour changing lights that were low heat so as not to burn the paper boats.

”Although they weren’t made out of ordinary paper, the heat was still of concern,” added Sam. “Some of the boats were quite small, so we needed something that was wide enough to hit all surfaces but punchy enough to light the taller boats, and the Honeycombs fit the bill.

”We placed a single Honeycomb 72 in each boat, and we put two in the larger centrepiece. There was nowhere for a DMX controller to live onsite, so we used the onboard programmes to run a sequence that slowly dissolved through all colours and hooked them up to a ‘garden variety’ timer that switched them on at 5:00pm and off at 10:00pm every night for a week. This method worked flawlessly and the built in programmes never once got out of time with each other.”

Photos: Yan Chan