Proteus helps Guinness Storehouse celebrate
Monday, 8 July 2019
guinness-storehouse-20-millionth-customer4The occasion was highlighted with an outdoor lighting spectacle
Ireland - A New Yorker visiting the Dublin St James’s Gate Guinness brewery with her Irish fiancé helped celebrate a momentous milestone recently when she became the 20 millionth visitor to Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. The occasion was highlighted with an event that included an indoor concert for 500 guests along with an outdoor lighting spectacle in which Elation Proteus Hybrid weatherproof moving heads helped draw attention to the brewery.
Dublin-based lighting designer Conor Biddle was brought in by events and branding agency Archetype as creative director for the event, which took place 25 April. “The brief was to have the whole city looking in one direction - toward the brewery - so I knew I needed a powerful beam,” states LD Biddle, who adds he had seen the arc-source Proteus Hybrid used on the New Year’s Eve light show on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and was impressed with their performance and durability.
Biddle also handled creative direction on the project and tapped into an element of Guinness’ storied brand, the Guinness harp. “We took the idea of the Guinness harp and created a light harp in the sky with beams from the Proteus Hybrid,” he says. “It was really attention-getting. We wanted to create a lot of social media talk with people wondering what the light beams were all about. The furthest away we had a report that the light beams could be seen was 70km so that was pretty impressive.”
Guinness Storehouse is part of the brewery itself and tells the tale of Ireland's famous beer, with tastings and a rooftop Gravity Bar with 360° views of Dublin. It was atop the bar that Biddle placed the Proteus to emulate the strings of the Guinness harp. “The main harp look was just the creative starting point,” Biddle says. “We also had three other locations around the Guinness site with banks of Proteus fanned out to create a 360° look. Each location was approximately 100m from each other and no matter where you were in the city you could see the beams in the sky.”
Entertainment technology provider Entedi Ltd, who began to distribute Elation Professional products earlier this year, suggested the Proteus Hybrid fixtures to Biddle. “Some other fixtures I looked at didn’t have the nice sharp beam I wanted but the Proteus gave the nice sharp beam all the way up to the top,” he says. “You could actually focus them on a cloud to a sharp gobo which was very impressive. The optics are great and the power and punch was outstanding. I don’t think there is anything that can match it.”
(Jim Evans)

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