Laser F/X On-line Newsletter - Special Reports
Urström at the 1999 Stockholm Water Festival
Day 13 - Sunday August 15
No rest for laserists! Despite the late night, Jan called me at noon and we agreed to meet up at 13:00. Jan, Adela and myself went over to Arvid's place to drop off some equipment of his and then headed out towards the Obscura Magica studio. On the way we passed a gas station and I was alarmed to see the price at 8.61 SEK ($ 1.04 US$) per litre in 1999!
We stopped at hotel in Sollentuna for
lunch. This hotel was the place where Jan did his first ever laser show for
a car introduction. Over an excellent lunch, he regaled us with stories of
how the hotel was so proud of it's computer controlled air-conditioning and
fire detection systems. Unfortunately they were run from a central location
some 15 Km away and were difficult to shut off for the show so the smoke
kept disappearing or tripping the fire alarm. Finally a technician had to be
summoned to disconnect the system while the show was in progress.
We continued on to the Obscura Magica studio with a brief stop at a store to buy a newspaper. there was a full page ad in the paper with the headline roughly translated as "Stockholm shines again at the Water Festival" and a picture of the laser show.
At the studio, we sorted out some of
the equipment and made sure my stuff was properly packed for the trip back.
I had some time to sit down with Jan and Adela and we watched the video tape
of the last show. Adela really enjoyed this as she had been unable to see
much of the show, especially the facade projections, from her perch atop the
Fire tower. I went over parts of the report and did some fact checking with
Jan but all too soon it was time to head off to the airport in Jan's car, a
beach buggy, for the flight home.
I would like to thank Jan for the opportunity to collaborate with him and participate in this magnificent spectacle. I would also like to thank Bo, Adela, Arvid and Magnus who made me feel welcome and helped me to learn a few phrases of Swedish and to appreciate the beautiful and historic city of Stockholm.
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