The Claypaky Mythos was exclusively selected to power the first ever moving-light display at Singapore’s famous New Year’s Eve firework event, the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2017 (MBSC 2017), presented by the national performing arts centre Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
60 Mythos fixtures were chosen by Singapore-based special effects company Intermay Magix and supplied by local rental outfit Showtec Group. Intermay Magix’s Lighting Designer, Samson Phua used the fixtures to complement the stunning fireworks in an integrated display aptly named New Dawn.
Samson’s innovative design centred around five solar aspects or phases: Rising Dawn, Vibrant Dawn, Fast and Furious Dawn, Runaway Dawn and Glamorous Dawn.
“We built a spherical rig in the centre of the 360-hectare bay that represented the sun,” explained Samson. “We then placed the Mythos around its circumference and along the eight sun beams that emanated from it.”
From here, the Mythos’ 470W parallel beams created a moving net of autumnal oranges, fiery reds and sky blues, thanks to the fixtures’ exceptional CMY colour mixing and 14 x special colour filters. This evolving network of beams weaved into the air and was reflected in the waters below creating an impression that the display itself was contained by light.
The Mythos presents dual operation modes; it is capable of being a highly advanced spotlight which produces a large beam with a zoom range of 4° to 50° (1:12 ratio), and a beam light with minimum fixed beam angle of just 2.5°.
The quick pan and tilt action of the Mythos allowed Samson to create the show’s signature curved lighting looks.
“A key point in the design was to form a series of curves by moving and overlapping the beams of light.” Samson continued: “These framed the firework display from below and gave the illusion that the fireworks were exploding out of a vase.”