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Urström at the 1999 Stockholm Water Festival
Day 2 - Wednesday August 4 - Set-up day 2
We arrived on site around 11:00 to a scene of frantic activity. Vendor tents were being erected and carpenters were busily at work around the site putting the finishing touches to some of the floating restaurants built atop the barges.
Fork-lift trucks dashed around moving racks of scaffolding and fencing into place. At the Royal Palace side of the site, activity come to a halt each day at noon as the colourful royal guards marched past on their way to the daily changing of the guard.
The festival production manager, Ingebourn, had arranged for a crane to place the Chroma 10 beam effect laser in the white steel tower located out in the water on the Opera House side of the site. When we checked it out, it was wedged at an angle in the steel and pointed in the wrong direction. Some phone calls got a promise that a proper platform would be rigged and the laser placed facing the correct direction.
Herrick and Jourgen set to work on installing the complex optical system for the 3D laser projections on the two Chroma 5 lasers. Adela, Arvid and myself sorted out the remaining equipment under the scaffolding and organised it's placement.
Arvid and myself then moved three
smoke machines over to the Opera house side of the site to install them. Jan
worked with Bo, the artist, and Örjan, the composer, on some of the final
artistic details of the show.
Gröna Lund Show
Jan Kriland was also producing a
small laser show in conjunction with fireworks for a local amusement park
"Gröna Lund". This was the only fireworks show that would be
staged in Stockholm in August. Fireworks were initially the nightly
highlight of the Water Festival but since the festival celebrates ecology,
it was decided to eliminate the fireworks and replace them with the laser
show. This was due to the concern that the chemicals from the spent shells
polluted the waterways of the city.
The images were to be projected onto a giant scrim which was flown between the masts of a boat brought in for the occasion. The boat crew's first attempt to fly the scrim reselected in it being ripped and Adela was called upon to provide her sewing skills to repair it on the boat. The 20 X 10 meter scrim was then successfully raised into position.
Just before 23:00, the lights in the
park were turned off and an expectant cheer went up from the audience
assembled on the banks and in the flotilla of small boats that were held at
bay by the police water patrol. To the strains of an instrumental version of
"My heart must go on" the sky was set ablaze with a variety of
beautifully coloured shells and satisfying bangs. After a brief introductory
volley, the laser took centre stage.
After packing all of the equipment, we returned to the main site to continue work on the set-up of the equipment. The scanning systems were working and were tested but were not yet working in 3D. After a couple more hours of working on set-up, we went home for the night.
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