Cody Cochran from Living Water in Olympia, WA brings us this cool hexagonal stage design.
When we start the creative process on our stage sets we always write what we need and don’t need, then we just work from there! Often times myself and 1 or 2 others sit in a room and just start tossing ideas out knowing what the needs are for that specific stage set. This time around we knew from the start we needed: A Cross, the word Jesus (the theme for the Easter sermon and the sermon series fallowing easter) and lots of wood tones. We also knew it needed to feel intimate but also the ability to be big, bright and colorful. Don’t ask me how we settled on the idea of using hexagons, it just came out in our design session!
20 5/8in 4×8 sheets of finish grade plywood
We started off with a wood stick framed wall we used for our last stage set bolted to our existing lighting grid above the stage. This created a great solid wall to screw the sheets of plywood to.
To create the floating look for the hexagons we flipped 2×4 blocks on edge. To mount the hexagons we used 5.5in screws through the face of the hexagon and screwed them directly into the plywood wall behind. Used 4 screws per hexagon. Getting the spacing perfect was the tough part. We just cut 2 6 inch blocks for spacers, so all of them are exactly 6 inches apart!
Once the hexagons were up we put push tacks on ever corner of every hexagon then wrapped the wired LEDs around every hexagon. This took some time because or having to loop through a hole in the wall for ever one.
One of the big things with the stage set was getting all of the hexagons to be the exact same size and cut out perfect! its a huge deal even if one is 1/4 off, it throws off all of the spacing for the entire wall. The first 2 might look fine but when you keep going you will see it for sure!
We had all of the lights from other stage sets so that was not a cost for us this time around. But if you were to buy all of the lights. (Not included uplighting)
Wire LEDs $300
Hanging sockets $200
Edison bulbs $200
The plywood we just got from a local lumber yard. You might be able to go cheaper on this I just wanted it to be finish grade. I would recommend not going any thinner then 1/2in ply if you use this big of shapes. They have a tendency to buckle pretty bad if you go low quality and use anything less then 1/2in. We used 5/8 ply witch worked good!
20 Sheets of finish grade ply wood $1300
We also use 20 ETC Selador Vivid-R LED Fixture – 11″ for up and down lighting.