- Heavy fishing line
- Clear shipping tape
- Industrial strength velcro
This two dimensional grid was very inexpensive to create, although very tedious to make. Drew wanted to make a grid with 2 ft. squares out of Coroplast. (Piedmontplastics.com is a great seller with affordable options on those kinds of materials)
The trick was making sure the measurements were absolutely perfect, otherwise it would look off. The first layer was back washing the wall of the stage. (All of their LED lights are K9 Bulldogs—also very affordable and very bright LEDs) Their back wall has a textured cement-block siding which they wanted to keep. The 2nd layer was the grid of squares all separated 6″ from each other on all sides and were front-lit from the floor up.
Drew wanted the squares to look like they were floating and free from any constructional material (Except the top). First, he cut the 4mm white Coroplast into 2′ squares (Sheets came in 4×8 so with each sheet he could get 8 squares). Then he lined a row of squares that would fit his back wall vertically on the floor—triple checking that each square was 6″ apart. Then he took fishing line and taped the line to what would be the back of the squares when they were suspended. Two lines were taped on either side of the squares to ensure symmetry and durability.
Then he used velcro at the top of each column of squares to secure them to the beam and ensured each column was also 6″ apart at the top (the use of velcro will change for everyone depending on your stage structures).