Chris Spotts from Highlands Church in Cumming, GA brings us this stage that’s not hexagon…it’s hexahere to stay!
While looking around at different designs on the website, Chris liked the look of the radiant squares project but wanted to go a different route with it. They had a low budget, under $1000, to cover the stage. They ended up right around $800 for 32 hexagons that were 21″ wide. They were able to realize substantial cost savings by using foam board from Dollar Tree for the back instead of Coroplast. They were originally going to be 24″ wide, but the Dollar Tree foam board was only wide enough for 21″.
Each hexagon was basically a wooden frame with an 5050 RGB LED strip run around the inside edge and a foam board back.
Each hexagon was constructed of 2×2″ lumber that was 10.5″ long and cut at a 60 degree angle. The pieces were then stapled together with 1/2″ staples. A 1/2″ hole was drilled for the wire to exit out the side and the inside edge was brushed with liquid nails adhesive. The adhesive on the back of the LED strip did not inspire confidence. After soldering all the LED strips (the joints were hot glued and heat shrunk as well), the LED tape was run along the liquid nails and out the hole. Each strip received 6-10ft of 4 conductor wire that was run directly to the DMX controller. They opted not to have connectors here both for cost and simplicity reasons (less things to fail). A two inch, three hole corner bracket was screwed to the top of each hexagon in order to hang it.
A black plywood wall from 5mm plywood and 2x4s was constructed across the back of the stage to hang the hexagons on. The appropriate lines and positions for each hexagon were chalk lined out and then a 1/2″ hole drilled where it would hang to run behind to the control modules. The wires were fed through the hole and each hexagon hung.
Control boxes with a 120v AC to DC 30 amp power supply, a 8 fixture, 24 channel DMX controller and a pair of DMX panel mounts were screwed to the back of the black wall. Each hexagon was wired directly into the DMX controller.
All other supplies were picked up at the hardware store.