Coemar Lights Dramatize Festive Topping Off Ceremony
To mark the installation of the last beam on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the hospital threw a topping off ceremony. The celebration was held on December 7 in downtown Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza located across the street from the new hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
The festivities were attended by philanthropist Ann Lurie, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, hospital staff, donors, patient families and construction workers. Chicago-based Event Architects produced the event and turned to Windy City Music Sound & Lighting to create the dramatic lighting of the building.
“The last steel beam was signed by the workers, patients, hospital staff and patrons,” said John Flaws, vice president of Windy City Music Sound & Lighting. “The topping off called for 30 Coemar Panorama Cyc Powers, in their dual 575-watt version, that would showcase the building beautifully as the light show was programmed to play in synch with the campaign song that was performed live.” The concept was to build the structure with light, “step by step, floor by floor,“ he said, bathing the exterior in blues, greens, purples and pinks as High End Showgun automated lights layered gobos of white snowflakes falling gracefully down the sides of the building.
“The Coemars acted as the base lights with the Showguns accenting the building,” Flaws explained. “In addition, 24 Coemar Par Lite LEDs provided truss toning on the plaza. The truss that framed the stage and the truss towers supporting the projectors and lights were wrapped in white spandex and lit from within by changing color Par LED Lites.”
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