Claypaky Supersharpy lights up Super Bowl sky
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
houston-skylight-superbowlThe Supersharpys swept the sky with powerful searchlight-style beams
USA – In the Texas tradition of going big, Houston welcomed Super Bowl LI with a number of exciting attractions, including the Houston Skylight high atop the George R. Brown Convention Centre(GRB). Houston First Corporation, which maintains GRB, asked Nimblist to conceive and execute the Houston Skylight, a rooftop beacon that marks the centre of the city’s cultural activities.
Nimblist designer and creative consultant Spike Brant devised an array of 36 Claypaky Supersharpy fixtures, mounted on staging on the GRB roof overlooking Discovery Green park. The Supersharpys swept the sky with powerful searchlight-style beams and created numerous lighting effects as well.
“We have an ongoing conversation with Mike Waterman with Houston First about using light as a beacon to connect all of Houston,” says Spike Brant. “The Houston Skylight would symbolize energy as light and serve as a visual metaphor connecting the Super Bowl festivities. The installation was commissioned as a proof of concept for a broader effort to illuminate Houston to the world and create a citywide attraction using multiple types of lighting installations.
A.C.T Lighting helped Brant arrange for Claypaky’s factory in Italy to build and ship 20 Supersharpys, which Houston First purchased through local dealer LD Systems. “A.C.T got us the lights quickly. I can’t thank them enough for their efforts,” Brant says. Other vendors brought the Supersharpy inventory up to 36; the array was mounted in a 6x6 grid.
The Houston Skylight debuted on 27 January and remained in operation through Super Bowl Sunday, 5 February. Its beams pierced the sky from sundown until 11pm.<br /> Francesco Romagnoli, Claypaky area manager for North and Latin America, added: “Mr. Brant is a great designer and a dedicated Claypaky fixture user. It was great to see him working on this high profile event associated with the Super Bowl.”
(Jim Evans)

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