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Blue Skies at night in support of frontline workers

Dan Ridd and Steven Haynes of Clearsound Productions in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, UK … positioned eight Robe MegaPointes on the roof
of their warehouse –and beamed them around the town and up into the night sky, creating a unique piece of light art to connect the local community and show support for the incredible efforts of front line and essential workers and the National Health Service (NHS) during the Corona virus pandemic. Taking advantage of the warehouse being on one of Shipston’s highest spots, the following night – carefully observing the social distancing rules – the pair experimented with a couple of different fixtures
positioned on the warehouse roof, and hit on MegaPointes as the perfect fixture to shine bright and slice through the darkness! They then engaged in some industrious social media posting on the Saturday telling people in the area to watch the sky at 8.30 on the Sunday evening for a nice surprise … which generated a buzz of interaction even before the impromptu installation started!

When the time came on Sunday – luckily a dry, clear, cold night with perfect wind conditions – Dan and Steve fired up the eight MegaPointes using a ChamSys console, and ran through a special light show which included the signature ‘NHS blue’ look that they chose for the default beam formation. The interest and excitement were instant! “My Facebook literally exploded with cool comments and messages of support and the phone rang constantly for the half-hour that we ran the light show!” declared Dan. “It was also amazing just to get everyone talking and realizing … that none of us are alone in this!” The powerful light beams could clearly be seen scanning across the whole town and were visible from up to 15 miles away in Banbury, Oxfordshire! Normally, Clearsound Productions is busy creatively lighting projects for a range of corporate and event-based clients for awards shows, gala dinners, conferences, etc., plus some summer festivals … but now they join all the other event, rental and technical production companies who are trying to save their businesses and survive the lock-down period. The company started investing in Robe around three years ago, and now have 90 Robe moving lights in the rental inventory, including MegaPointes, Spiiders, Spikies and LEDBeam 150s.

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