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Astera joins the new Skoda Octavia Party launch

The new Skoda Octavia was launched in a blaze of glory in the Czech Republic at the Prague National Gallery’s Trade Fair Palace. Lighting designer Michael Kuehbandner created a lighting scheme for a special presentation show attended by 700 guests. Included in his brief was also lighting a number of periphery areas covering the entrance, reception and after-show display, for which he used over 200 Astera wireless LED fixtures.

Michael’s lighting plot utilized 218 x AX7 battery powered LED SpotLites – a PAR style fixture – and a kit of 12 x Astera Titan Tubes. All fixtures were run wirelessly. “We needed a quality, reliable wireless solution,” explained Michael. Eighty-four of the AX7s – 21 per floor – were deployed across the middle four floors of the atrium. The other 138 x AX7s were utilized to light the walls of the catering areas, mainly as up-lighters. The Titan Tubes were set up behind the band stage – their bottom ends mounted on mic stands to vary the heights – to bring structure, funkiness and depth to an otherwise mono-dimensional space. They were pixel-mapped via a grandMA2 console running all lighting across the after show area, operated by Marek Papke. Lighting equipment supply, including the Asteras, was co-ordinated by AVE-PRO.

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