Sir Elton John Shines in Denmark with Martin MAC Viper Profiles
“I was very interested in giving the Viper Profiles a go ever since a demo at our Barnsley headquarters in England,” says Pygott, who incorporated the Martin fixtures into the rig as the primary spots on the show, part of Elton John’s “40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man” tour.
“Its size-to-light output ratio and the good selection of stock gobos available made it an excellent fixture to clone and easily create multiple looks during the show,” Pygott says. “The Vipers are also remarkably fast on function including movement, which is outstanding for its size.”
Pygott positioned the Vipers on five of six aerial trusses, as well as on vertical towers at the rear of the stage. The tower positions and upstage truss had a pair of MAC Aura’s surrounding them to give a number of nice looks with the gobo beam emitting between the Auras.
Jes Hylby Christensen of Comtech commented, “I chose the Viper because of the efficiency of the fixture according to dimensions of the stage and the stability it offers in ‘outdoor’ environments. An important factor is also the weight-to-output ratio, which is impressive. In my opinion, the combination of Vipers and MAC III was the best solution for the job.”
Pygott thanks Comtech’s Kristian Holm Nielsen (Chief Technician), Jens Olsen (Project Manager) and Jes Hylby Christensen (Project Coordinator), “Who were able to quickly meet my requirements and provide a safe, well-positioned and fully functioning rig with great ease, making my trip to Denmark a pleasure.” He also thanks Omar Grundy, a colleague at Innovation Productions, for his continued assistance
· 30 x MAC Viper Profile™
· 22 x MAC Aura™
· 29 x MAC 2000 Wash XB™
· 14 x MAC III Profile™
· 2 x Jem AF-1™ fan
As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries.
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