Pole Back Stage Design

Pole Back

Mike Gerrells from Mission Hills in Littleton, CO brings us this great pole backdrop.

The design was a generic backdrop that could work for 3 months for weekend services and events that were happening this summer. They needed something simple but with a big look. Total cost for the boxes and pipe $150.00


5 – 8′ long x 12″ tall x 12″ deep boxes made out of 1/2 MDF with 3/4 plywood on the edge and center for support. On the top and bottom layer of the box they drilled 16 – 1 1/8″ holes to support the 3/4 white PVC pipe then painted the face and top black. Mike then cut the PVC to different lengths from 10′ to 5′ and put them in the holes in a random order.

Lighting Design

Rigging –
The V truss is a truss cube with 2 – 10′ and 1 – 5′ truss per side.

Moving Lights
10 – Chauvet R2 LED spots
3 – Chauvet R@ LED wash
4 – Elation 700 spots
10 – Elation Six par 200
1 – MDG atmosphere hazer
Controller is a MA dot 2

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20 responses to Pole Back

  1. How did you light the PVC once it was installed in the box?

    • Mike Gerrells July 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      I used 6 LED pars to uplite at 45 degrees that gave me the solid color and then used 4 of the moving heads on the truss with a Dot gobo pattern to and movement and color to the pipes.

  2. Can i have a clear pictures of how you paint and put the lighting to shine your pvc please? love it so much.
    My email address is fitryati@yahoo.com

    Thank you

  3. How much distance did you put between each pole?

  4. Can you also share the design with me? jeffpoole@me.com

  5. Could you send me the design also, ypcomstock@gmail.com

  6. We just build one of these over the weekend and unfortunately drilled all the 1″ holes just like the instructions said before realizing that 3/4″ pipe is 1 1/16″ OD. For anyone trying to make these in the future i would recommend drilling a 1 1/8″ hole. To avoid having to enlarge all 128 holes after the fact!!! but other than that it turned out awesome.

  7. We’re loving this design. Could I have it as well? Thank you so much! cwiens@portnaz.org

  8. Could I also get the design as well? Thanks! It looks amazing jaredirish30@yahoo.com

  9. Hi,

    Could I be sent the design as well? Also, where you possibly purchased all the lights? Thanks so much!


  10. Did you do anything additional to keep the pipes straight?

    • I just rotated them so they would look straight to the audence. the top and bottom holes kept them pretty straight

  11. I love this! Could you please send me the design plans also? Thank you so much!

  12. Hello! This is so cool! Could you please send me the plans as well? gregharris AT ngatechurch.org thanks so much!

  13. Hi There, could you also send me the plans? jessec@pathwayschurch.us

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