triple-helix

Triple Helix

Brennan Loveless submitted this design that they used for a worship night at Gateway Christian Church in St. Louis, MO. Jared Nelson, one of the volunteers there, designed this awe-inspiring design to accommodate the need for a stage in the center of the floor.

Jared found the metal pole in a warehouse and fabricated pencil rod into little legs to attach to the pole. The bottom was 2′ in diameter and shrunk as it got to the top to around 4″ in diameter. They used plastic collars to attach the pencil rod so it could be moved at any point on the pole by adjusting screws. Then they hot glued white fabric from a local fabric store and lit it with 4 Coemar LED’s. They also used two Martin intelligent lights for gobo patterns on the band.

To finish the design they borrowed candles to place around the stage.


5 responses to Triple Helix

  1. That is really cool. Love it

  2. culturalawakening December 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Very cool. Love this stuff. Our church meets in a high school auditorium. It would be cool to see what you guys can design for portable churches.

    • Hinged flat pannels with simple colored gel spots placed behind would be one way to go. The pannels would open like a book and be self supporting. Place the hinged portion toward the audience. Add a detachable spreader to the top and bottom to increase stability. A small sandbag placed on the bottom spreader will hold the pannel firmly in place without damage to the floor. Make them different heights to add interest.

      Odd numbers of pannels are more informal. Even numbers of pannels are more formal. You could make the coverings of varying materals and change them for different praise and worship services.

    • Another very simple design would be to get a bunch of corregated moving boxes and stack them in a pleasant arrangement behind the band. Stack them from floor to ceiling or as high as allowable. If you have a Payless shoe store in your area, you could wrangle some sort of deal with the manager for their old shipping boxes. The shoes they get in the store come packed in boxes about the size of a good moving box. NOT THE INDIVIDUAL SHOE BOXES YOU SEE ON THE STORE SHELVES but the packing boxes when the shoes are delivered to the store.

      The top and the bottom of the boxes can be opened to allow the boxes to be stored flat. The entire backdrop could be hauled in a single pickup truck. If you do not know how to do the four flap fold to close the top and bottom of the boxes, ask around your area. Someone will know how it is done. This will allow you to easily and quickly assemble and disassemble the backdrop.

      • Place the boxes so the are not in a single flat plane. Turn some 30 degreees, some 20 degrees some 25 degrees. I would avoid a 45 degree turn because of the deep shadowing in the far sides. Arrange them in an interesting pattern. You could go one step further and paint each side of the box a different color.

        Make a couple of simple lightboxes with flourscent tube lights that have a reflecting inner surface and and "barn doors" to focus a thin long strip of light. Position the lightboxes so the lighting skims over the surface of the boxes. The resulting light and shadows will be very interesting.

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