Chauvet Gives Flight at Fantasia Festival

Photo: SWD Photography

Commanding instant attention at the 2018 Fantasia Festival was a 30-meter tall by 70-metre wide representation of a spread-winged owl.

The distinctive scenic element was made highlighted by a lighting display designed by Creative Rental Solutions (CRS) that featured a collection of Chauvet Professional STRIKE, Chauvet Professional Rogue, Chauvet Professional COLORado and Chauvet Professional COLORdash fixtures.

Thomas Vandekerkhove and his team at CRS used an artfully blended mix of Chauvet STRIKE P38, Chauvet Professional COLORdash Par H12IP, Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid and Chauvet Professional COLORado Panel Q40 fixtures to lend a vibrant personality and sense of movement to the giant scenic bird.

“It was a huge challenge to illuminate the large bird with the logo of Fantasia Festival,” commented Vandekerkhove. “After much deliberation we decided upon installing the STRIKE P38 fixtures in the head and wings to highlight the contours of the bird and to create some exciting looks.”

With a combination of audience blinder and strobe powered by a 90W warm white LED source, the compact, punchy and outdoor-ready STRIKE fixtures provided energetic looks to elevate the EDM DJs taking to the stage.

“We utilized the P38s to full capacity,” commented Vandekerkhove. “Not only were the strobe and blinding effects crucial for visual energy, the tungsten emulating warm white effect gave us more of a classic festival feel for a retro house vibe.”

To lend warmth and emotion to the owl structure, Vandekerkhove washed it with deeply saturated colours from the COLORdash fixtures that he positioned on top of the owl’s head. “The COLORdash fixtures gave us a compact solution to throw deep hues onto the owl from above,” he said. “I love the soft spectrum of deeply saturated colours that the COLORdash can achieve.”

Providing a multitude of spectacular aerial effects and eye candy, Vandekerkhove positioned 10 Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids from truss on the wings. Thanks to layerable 8-facet and 6-facet prisms and 330W power source, he was able to award the DJs with necessary energy during the entire festival.

“For a festival of this magnitude, having the power of a fixture such as the Rogue is completely essential,” continued Vandekerkhove. “The prism effects still look great, even during the daylight hours of the festival, and as a result, we were able to use all effects of the fixture to their full extent.”

In order to wash the entire wingspan of the owl with colour, Vandekerkhove and his team specified 10 Chauvet Professional COLORado Q40 panel fixtures. Thanks to the IP65-rated 40 15W RGBW LEDs and adjustable beam angles, the Chauvet Professional COLORados were able to create flawless edge-to-edge colour mixing.

In addition to the visual solution covering the length and breadth of the impressive festival structure, Vandekerkhove and his team at CRS were simultaneously able to ensure energetic euphoria-inducing visuals with their selection of Chauvet Professional fixtures.

In doing so, the Fantasia Festival continues to enchant guests and performers alike with the magical combination of sound and visual excitement.