Laser F/X On-line Newsletter - Special Reports
Urström at the 1999 Stockholm Water Festival
Day 12 - Saturday August 14 - Show day 9
Today is the last day of the Water Festival and the last show! The weather is bright and sunny with a few scattered clouds drifting through the sky. Jan, Adela, Arvid and myself gathered at Master Control at 14:00 to go off to a late lunch in Gamla Stan. Jan lead the way to an outdoor table at a restaurant on a square with an old fountain. I had a reindeer meat appetiser while the others stuck to more conventional fare. The food was delicious and served with an almost decorative flare, artfully garnished with fresh herbs.
We chatted about our
experiences in the laser business and about the Urström show and all of the
challenges and problems we had encountered. I asked Jan if he would do it
again and he replied "Why not? But next time I would tell the festival
that the first night was a dress rehearsal that the public was welcome to
watch... so we could have a chance to get all the problems sorted out... ya"
After a relaxed lunch, our first one on real china with metal cutlery in
some time, Jan headed off to meet with a client.
Next I wandered over to the palace. While I had been working in front of it, I had not had a chance to see much except the facade that overlooks the square. The front courtyard had a row of old cannons on either side with a sentry in traditional uniform in front of his pillbox at the entrance. The pillars were ornately carved and the military had a recruiting display in the street in front of the courtyard as part of the Water Festival.
I returned to Master
Control and did a bit of pre-packing until the rest of the crew showed up.
When Bo arrived, he presented me with a beautiful, autographed book of his
sculptures. This was the first time I had seen some of his exquisite
This was my first opportunity to see the show from the Opera side away from the chatter and bustle that surrounds master control. The view from this side was far more spectacular with the beams being more visible from this vantage point. During the Palace facade projections, there was a hush amongst the vast crowd of spectators. The music drifted across the still waters of the lake and an air of reverence seemed to envelop the site as the magnificent images unfolded. The finale with Adela appearing above the water and deflecting laser beams into the sky was stunning, even though she was not as visible as usual. The climax with the fire towers and the sky filled with laser beams of every colour was spectacular. Overall the show created a powerful and lasting impression that is hard to put into words, a sublime visual treat larger than life.
The last notes had barely died away when the audio crew began packing their equipment. While the Water Festival remained open until 02:00 we were hard at work packing all of our equipment right after the show. Everything had to be recovered from all over the site and with only five of us, this took some time. It was full daylight by the time the truck was loaded and sent off to the studio and we went home to collapse into bed.
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