WI provides wings to help EDC 2017 fly high

Friday, 14 July 2017
wicreationsOne hundred and thirty-two feathers assembled in 28 wing sections were a major part of the WI brief
USA - Belgian entertainment engineering specialist WIcreations was involved in the custom design and fabrication of several key scenic elements for the 130m wide and 30m deep kineticFIELD main stage at the 2017 Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) festival in Las Vegas.
It is the second year running that WI has worked on this high profile EDM event staged at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, following a successful collaboration last year when they were initially brought on-board by StageCo, with whom they are a frequent collaborator. This year the WI project team, led by Yves Vervloet, worked directly for event organisers Insomniac and Jake Berry’s technical production team led by Bryan Yablonski.
One hundred and thirty-two feathers assembled in 28 wing sections were a major part of the WI brief.
They also built a 15m wide ‘eye circle’ rigged behind the head of a huge inflatable Gaia; two arches positioned behind two scenic owls flanking the Gaia and four bracelets to support the Gaia’s arms - all challenges for this year edition of the festival.
All these WI items were designed and supplied with dollies so they can be practically and efficiently toured to other EDC events worldwide in the future.
Yves explains that after seeing the first designs in February “It was clear that we needed a technical concept for the wings to make them look realistic, 3D and still be tourable.” Jake Berry wanted to utilize less scenic components and more video for greater portability, so together with Jake and during load in of EDC Mexico in February, WI came up with this concept and an initial setup design was created.
The event’s design team was pleased with the idea and re-designed the setup based on this refined feather concept.
The 28 complete wing assemblies are a combination of four and five-feathered versions - six of the larger five-feather variety and 22 four-feather. Each feather measures 6m wide by 1.3m high, is 15 cm deep and weighs 90 Kgs. For each combination, the feathers were assembled on special custom hinge systems so they can slide open like a real bird wing during lifting.
A special double heavy duty truss was specified by WI for the task, with the wings hung on the front rail, counterweighted by 15 x 2 tonne video screen rigging motors hung on the back rail.
In addition to the wings, WI also made the two 50m wide 'eyebrows' for the Gaia comprising two big arches that sat in front of the feathers, as well as the 15m diameter ‘eye’ circular piece flown behind the head.
The elaborate fabrics and printing applied to the set pieces were supplied and coordinated by Michiel Eijlders from Vertical Vision in the Netherlands. All the fabrics are attached onto the frames at the WI’s warehouse in Heist-op-den-Berg before shipping.
"It was great to be asked back to work on this incredible event again" stated Yves, "I really appreciate the amount of detailing that goes into the overall design and the dedication by Insomniac, Jake Berry and their team to delivering the highest possible production values and guest experiences for festival fans.
“Added to that, the synergy and collaboration between all the different individuals, companies and departments involved in making it happen is truly impressive. It unites a fantastic international team with unique skills all sharing a real passion for their work - and I think the results are amazing.”
All these set elements have been designed and built to be tourable and have a life on the road. The next time they will appear will be at EDC Orlando in November.
(Jim Evans)

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