The-Weave-Woven

The Weave Woven

Here’s an amazing replication of the Weave stage design brought to us by Yoel Torres at Potential Church in Florida.

Yoel and his team built them with a much simpler structure. They simply allowed the material to bend and didn’t cut it down the middle. They kept all the strips of coroplast at the same sizes.

They also took a different approach when lighting them. They used pretty much anything and everything they could throw on them. Each had an LED strip light inside, gobo patterns from movers above, additional color from movers on the sides and color from above. They looked really great on video.

18 responses to The Weave Woven

  1. This is a tough one for me.

    As a stage design in and of itself, this is incredible! However, crossing over into the world of church stage design it feels way to busy for me. I'm not entirely sure I'd be able to focus on anything going on except for the lights and the backdrop. The line between distraction and adding to the experience is a thin line, and it's a tough line we have to walk. In my humble opinion, they fell off the distracting side.

    But, with all that said. This design is amazing! The first picture makes me think of christmas for some reason.

    -Tyler Herron

    • You bring up a great point! (indirectly)

      These guys are located in the Miami area. I just met with a few stage designers in that and they were talking about how the culture of Miami is so numb to visual stuff. Everything is bigger and brighter and people get desensitized.

      I think it’s important your stage design is in relationship to your church and city’s culture. If this stage design were in a small, older church in small-town Kansas I think people would go into seizures. Yet you throw the small design from Kansas in a large Las Vegas church…people would fall asleep in church. :)

      • Jonathan, I think you are spot on. This is a very active church, with a lot of younger people involved. People that have been around Media, lighting, and flashy content since they were little. This may seem sharp to some, but this high energy setup is very characteristic of Yoel's church. This type of design meets the needs of his church. It is bright and immersive, which works out great for their congregation. It keeps them interested and involved in the worship.

        • Definitely! And I don't disagree with Tyler. For 99 percent of churches in America this would be way too much. :)

          • Hmm, interesting fact. I did not know that about the area. As long as it works for the congregation, and aims to "un-distract" people from the distractions around them to focus on God, it's cool. My congregation would pass out. . . Quite literally.

            -Tyler Herron

          • Haha! I want somebody to make a video about that. :-P Definitely would be viral among the stage design community. :-P

  2. I agree with everyone. Partially. Very cool design and very appropriate for a Miami audience. But that may be part of the issue here. Is this for an audience or to bring people closer to Christ…? Big debate. Contrast this with what Timothy Keller has done at the very low production Redeemer Pres, and you have two completely different approaches.

    Overall for me, its cool for video but possibly too busy.

    • Good points. It definitely comes down to the unique calling of God on each church. If you are trying a reach an audience by creating lavish designs, you are probably wasting your time. If you're creating crazy designs out of obedience to God's calling…that's when you hit the "sweet spot". :)

  3. Yoel,

    This design is great. I love the contrast and space in this. The fabric flowing into the house is great. Keep up the amazing work for the kingdom.

    ,Steven

  4. Don't you love the diversity in the body of Christ? Thank God we aren't all the same! That would be so boring. :)

  5. Anybody have any insight on how to pull off the halogen like bulbs on the boards? I think that looks amazing but i am not sure how to run it on dimmer packs or how much electrical work is involved to make it.

  6. There are six sticks that have 5 lights on them in the third picture down. I really like how they seem to disappear when they are not turned on. What exactly are those?

    • We’ve done a similar effect to Potential’s blinders by building a wood shadowbox, installing track lighting from home depot on the inside, and then wiring that into a dimmer.

      Quite effective, and about $85 a tower.

  7. Anyone know how they attached the coroplast to the wooden frames?

  8. This is a fantastic use of creativity and you did it all in-house. We have a large Wordship center and are looking for ways to have a different stage design every 4 months, would you suggest?

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