Gabe Loera from Life Challenge in Odessa, TX brings us this stage design with so much appearance of motion.
From Gabe: This stage design is a setup that was used for our annual Senior Texico Youth Camp. The theme for the camp was “I Believe”. The stage measures 75′ long and 12′ tall. For the materials, we ordered (500) 12″ x 12″ boxes, (25) 6″ x 6″ boxes, (25) 16″ x 16″ boxes from U-Line and used tape guns to put them together. The wall ended up being about 60′ long and 9′ tall. The boxes were stacked free-standing using bricks in some rows of the boxes to stabilize and keep the wall from leaning. We also used 2″ x 4″ frame guides behind to keep the wall straight. To create the gap in the middle of the wall, we placed boxes on a painted 1″ x 4″ board and suspended the boxes from the bottom using painted tie-wire. To create the broken out look we utilized clear fishing line and washers to suspend multiple boxes in different places and orientations while cutting the edges of some boxes and taping them to the wall.
For the letters, we used 2″ insulation foam board from Lowe’s because the letters were going to hang and they needed to be light weight. We glued (2) pieces together, traced the letters using a projector, then cut the letters out using a hot-knife. After the letters were cut out, we painted the sides black and attached them to a 1″ x 4″ to give the proper spacing and to allow us to hang the letters all together instead of individually. The letters were also hung using the fishing line. With the extra boxes left over, we were able to create a “selfie-wall” that looked similar to the main stage where youth could take individual and group pictures.
To light everything, we utilized our travel lighting setup which consisted of: (10) LED Chauvet WashFX to create the multiple color variants and shadows, (16) Chauvet LED Pars for accent lighting, and (2) Chauvet Colorstrips and (2) Chauvet ColorRails to light the letters.
The materials were simple, but the process took several days and weeks of planning and measuring to get it right. The overall budget for the stage setup was about $850. The main cost was purchasing the boxes, which was about $700. The foam boards were about $40. Wood/framing was about $50. Then the rest was spent on tape/tape-guns, fishing line, touch-up paint, screws & misc items.