Joshua Hoegh from First Baptist Church of Elgin in Elgin, IL brings us this stage design for their series titled “Acts of God”.
They were inspired in part by the Steam Punk Stage Design from Potential Church.
The concept was based on the fact that each gear, in and of itself, is nothing special. But as a whole, when all of the parts work together, they achieve a larger goal. So it is with God’s work in our lives—the details may not make sense on their own, but there is more at work than we could ever imagine.
They built the trusses from 8′ 2X2s and the gears were cut from styrofoam. They created “stencils” for the gears out of hardboard, which made cutting the gears much quicker and more accurate. If you’ve ever used a hot knife on styrofoam, it cuts like butter—so the hardboard stencils allowed quick and accurate cutting.
The gears were then primed and spray painted 3 different metallic finishes. The primer was absolutely necessary, as Joshua found out that spray paint (quite literally) eats styrofoam. The primer allowed a sealed barrier between the material and the spray paint.
For added depth and dimension, he not only mounted the gears at different levels, but he then (in a last-minute “ah-ha!” moment) decided to spray paint the hardboard stencils and mount them to the back of the trusses. It didn’t matter that they weren’t 3-dimensional, as they simply laid a backdrop to the mounted gears and helped “fill out” the aesthetic space of the stage.
James Gabhart: James helps with creative brainstorming and conceptualizing, and then draws up all of the plans so that the team knows how to get it from “vision” to execution.