Robin Lear from Calvary Church in Dover, Delaware brings us this New York City skyline for their 2015 Christmas musical.
This was a very simple, yet very time consuming project. First of all, Robin drew exactly exactly how she wanted the skyline to look on graph paper, then recreated it to scale to fit our 20’x40′ stage.
First of all they welded 1″ square steel tubing into 4 10’x10′ frames. They made 4 sets of buildings out of 2″ insulation foam from Lowes. The foam panels were painted black, medium gray, and and lighter gray. The “windows’ were created by cutting out pieces of gold and silver duct tape. In some cases, Robin used HVAC tape, because it was a little bit shinier. It was a very time consuming because of how exact all the window pieces needed to be.
Robin used an exacto knife to cut all the duct tape on a cutting mat. Once all the pieces were cut and applied, she glued luan to the back of the sections to create attachment points as they screwed them onto the 10x10ft steel frames. Each section was hung with braided wire to carriers on a track so that they could be moved on and off the stage for each scene. It was very effective, but very labor intensive. This very effective concept could be achieved on a much smaller scale. It wasn’t extremely costly either. The steel frames and foam insulation were the most expensive part. The only other supplies were paint, tape and wire for hanging!