Chauvet lights Berlin’s Botanische Nacht
Thursday, 1 August 2019
botanische1The Great Tropical House captivated the large crowd
Germany - The Great Tropical House lives up to its name. Completed in 1907, it remains one of the largest and most impressive self-supporting greenhouses in the world, housing more than 1,400 exotic plant species. On Friday 19 July, the impressive structure took on another important function when it served as the centre of the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden’s Botanische Nacht, an annual one-day summer festival organized by TLT Event AG that features music, magic shows, fantastical tales and non-stop fun in the heart of the German capital.
Glowing like a giant space ship, the massive domed structure that turned out for this night-time event. Outlining the building’s architectural features captivated the large crowd and adding to its stunning appearance were 110 Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures that Denny Arndt featured in his lighting design.
Coordinating the ÉPIX fixtures with five lasers, Arndt created sleek and compelling looks on the Great Tropical House that set it apart even from the already colourfully lit festival grounds.
“I used geometric lines and glittery images on the ÉPIX,” says Arndt. “The brightness and intensity of the ÉPIX Strip IP are wonderful. They give me a structure of light that stands out even against the laser light to create a brilliant display. My concept was to give the building a magical, surreal appearance in keeping with the spirit of Botanische Nacht.”
Even the rain that fell on this warm July night couldn’t dampen that special spirit. The IP65 rating of the ÉPIX fixtures helped to ensure that they would continue to dazzle regardless of the weather. “The IP rating makes these fixtures very reliable for outdoor events like this,” explains Arndt, who used 60 ÉPIX units from his own private stock of fixtures, and had the others supplied by Eventtechnik Südwestfalen.
(Jim Evans)

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