Elation complements innovation theme at HUBweek
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
hubweek88HUBweek’s goal is to support the environment of innovation in the Boston area
USA - Entertainment solutions company High Output decorated Boston’s City Hall Plaza using Elation Professional IP65-rated lighting for this year’s HUBweek festival.
With over 200 speakers, 150 events and 130 artists, the annual civic event brought together creatives in technology, science and art to foster innovation in the area.
Held on 12-15 October, HUBweek 2017 saw a different format than in previous years. Whereas a variety of sites around town have played host to past festivals, this year the festival was centrally located on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, dubbed The HUB. Designed in collaboration with design firm CBT, The HUB featured six geodesic domes, which housed talks, performances, and other interactive experiences, while a scattering of shipping containers were used to house events and art.
High Output provided all production support for The Hub including lighting, video, audio, staging and power distribution, their first year working the festival. “This was the first year where the event has been at this magnitude,” said High Output’s Graham Edmondson, who served as lighting designer on the project. “Part of the increased focus was to highlight and draw attention to the new, central area. We lit the geodesic domes, entry way, shipping containers and site lighting using all IP65-rated Elation lights.”
All of the lighting on the geodesic domes was done using Elation Paladin hybrid lights and SixPar 200 IP LED Par lights. Jim Hirsch at High Output was shown the Paladin by Elation sales rep Gary Fallon and was impressed enough to purchase the strobe/blinder/wash lights. “The Paladin is super bright and has a great zoom range,” Graham says of the versatile hybrid LED luminaire, which can be used as a high-output wash light. “It was key to getting colour on the domes from all sides as the domes were visible from 360 degrees.”
High Output worked with Elation rep firm Healy Sales on the project and was happy with the result.
“Everything was IP and held up well,” Graham said. “It rained for two days during load in and then the fixtures were outside for an additional five days after that, but we had no problems.”
Founded in 2014, HUBweek is a joint collaboration between The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, who work with a community of inventive organisations from a wide range of industries to make HUBweek a reality.
(Jim Evans)

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