FloppyFlex drives Vegas Golden Knights
Monday, 17 December 2018
knights-helmet-floppyflex3-1The Vegas Golden Knights team now enters the ice through a 20ft medieval jousting helmet
USA - With a nod to Game of Thrones, the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team now enters the ice through a 20ft, 2,375-pound medieval jousting helmet accented with 60m of FloppyFlex Digital LED neon.
Originally conceived for the Stanley Cup, the team’s entrance is now a standard feature for all home games at the T-Mobile Arena. Designed and built by Water FX, the large helmet features lighting by Sean Guarino, with the FloppyFlex provided by PRG Las Vegas.
“Outlining the helmet to create a portal worthy of the team required something cooler than conventional LED tape,” says Golden Knights LD, Sean Guarino. “I wanted this to pop, and Tim Brennan of PRG suggested FloppyFlex Digital, which exceeded my expectations. Using the pixelated Digital RGB version, I can create spectacular multi-colour chases. The colours are bright, vibrant and warm, and installation was a breeze, especially with the help of excellent support from PRG and TMB.”
Guarino adds: “We use three ProPlex FloppyDrive Digital DIN Rail units to drive three 15-meter runs of RGB FloppyFlex Digital. This is way more than adequate to highlight the giant helmet; it can be seen from the farthest points of the arena and really stands out in broadcast shots. We use two solo spot washes to create the ‘eyes’ peering out from inside the helmet. To keep things interesting for the arena’s 18,000 fans, we use a grandMA console to create a different programme for each home game.”
Guarino’s company, Sexy Lites, specialises in lighting designs and programming for concerts and touring, special events, nightclubs, theatre, corporate events, conventions, tradeshows, and more.
(Jim Evans)

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