Eurovision 2013 in Malmo. Pic: Louise Strickland

Tait provided a 450 square metre rolling main stage, including a downstage apron, pantograph stairway and four flaggapault lifts for dynamic performer stage entrance and exit.

A catwalk leading to a B-stage was also provided, integrated into the B-stage was a triple scissor lift that could move up to 6 meters above the arena floor.

A range of scenic elements were incorporated into the design, including an upstage ground supported projection wall, with two flown centre sections.

Two 14-metre tall scenic arches were fabricated using a steel framework and support ballasts that was then clad with a scenic stress skin panel comprised of fibreglass, polystyrene and brushed aluminium panelling. The arches were integrated with lighting elements and positioned to frame each side of the stage.

Pic: Louise Strickland

To complete the design, a 45-metre wide ground-supported scenic landscape projection wall sits behind the arches. The rear projection wall was installed utilising a ground support structure created with rental truss.

At its centre, an 18-metre wide portion of the wall was rigged with variable speed chain motors which allowed the designers to open and close the wall, creating alternate lighting and projection effects.

62 kinetic sculptures were also hung from variable speed ‘Micro Winches’ throughout the Malmo Arena. 48 of the octahedron shaped units were suspended over the audience, with the remaining 14 units hung over the mainstage.

Each unit is controlled by 5 channel wireless DMX; 3 channels for the RGB LED inside the fixtures, and 2 channels for their speed and position. All of the units were controlled by the lighting operator via an Art-Net patch to Tait/FTSI’s Navigator control system.

A 36 metre long flying bridge was also created for performer entrance over the audience to the B stage. The bridge consists of 22 variable chain motors (provided by others) and has integrated scenic fascia/handrail as well as integrated lighting positions.

The 9980kg bridge begins at the second tier at the front of house stage left position and spans over the audience four metres above the ground, allowing 25 people to cross at a time. The B-Stage Triple Scissor lift raises up to meet the bridge and performers access the catwalk that is connected to the mainstage via a removable set of scenic stairs.

Pic: Louise Strickland

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