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  •   A.C.'s Rigging Division Supplies Litec Trussing System for Futuristic Ice Disco at The O2

A.C.'s Rigging Division Supplies Litec Trussing System for Futuristic Ice Disco at The O2

11th December 2007

A.C. Lighting's Rigging division has supplied a Litec QX40S ground support truss system to event lighting specialist Blinding Light for the 1024 square metre new Ice Disco at The O2 in Greenwich.

The Ice Disco, which is open for four months over the winter, is a complete disco on ice experience. The futuristic weatherproof party destination can hold 250 skaters and features a fabulous purpose built bar and viewing area alongside the rink. As well as general skating lessons, the Ice Disco will also be hosting special themed music, including boy band, girl band, Ska and 80's nights.

Blinding Light, who'd previously worked with O2 brand experience agency Sledge on another project for the venue, was approached to provide the lighting rig system for the 32m wide by 32m deep Ice Disco.

The team considered using a flown truss in order to suspend a huge mirror ball over the centre of the Ice Disco, but as snow loading limits prevented this from being hung from the roof of The O2, opted instead for a ground support system.

Blinding Light's Managing Director Patrick Stacey wanted to be able to service their client base during the busy Christmas period, but knew that the large O2 truss rig would tie up a significant portion of their higher spec stock for four months. He therefore decided to invest in a new truss grid system for the project with a view to also increasing their inventory in the longer-term.

Patrick decided to get quotations for three different systems and then chose the Litec QX40S truss based on a number of factors. He wanted a product that would complement the shiny aesthetics of the disco mirror balls suspended from it on all four sides of the rink perimeter, left enough in the budget for the mirror balls and fixtures as well, and could provide maximum return on investment in the long-term.

Patrick was also keen to use A.C. Lighting's new Rigging division, the exclusive UK supplier for Litec, as he was working to a very tight three-week deadline and had been impressed by the service he received from the company's Rigging specialist, Paul Hadfield. Blinding Light was also an existing A.C. customer for most of their lamps and consumables, so sourcing almost everything from them provided extra convenience.

The full self climbing ground support system consists of a 32m x 32m Litec QX40S 40cm truss grid on eight 6m Litec Unitowers. Equipment suspended from it includes 60 mirror balls ranging up to 1m in size, an array of Martin MAC and Studio Duo moving light and traditional Chrome Par Cans to create the Ice Disco feel. Blinding Light also supplied the lighting control, dimming, and a custom distribution system to power the whole Ice Disco area.

Patrick and his crew found the Litec system very easy to set up. He commented: "The Litec's self-climbing sleeves were new to us, but we found it very straightforward out of the box. It's a well designed, well thought out product and once we got the first one up we were away. We had two riggers, four lampies and one crew chief, and it took us just 12 hours to rig the whole thing."

Summarising his experience using A.C. Rigging and the Litec system, Patrick Stacey commented: "The service I received from Paul (Hadfield) at A.C. was excellent - he really went out of his way to help with the specification and technical drawings, and knew straight away the ideal product for the job. I was certainly confident that the Litec system would achieve everything I needed it to achieve. The size and weight loadings are ideal for the diet of conferences and exhibition work we do, so it's going straight into hire stock afterwards and we already have several enquiries for using it on tradeshows."