Greg Springer from firstCHRISTIAN in Norfolk, Nebraska brings us this hanging pipes in their stage design. (Originally posted June 2014)
The light pipes design was inspired by a different design which utilized EMT at Calvary Christian Church in Bellevue, NE. The crown was for their sermon series called The Story and was inspired by a much larger set piece created by Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY.
Emt Electrical Conduit 1/2″
3/4″ Nuts (Slighty larger than the inside diameter of the pipe)
50lb Tess Spider Wire
S chain (used individual links to create hooks for hanging the pipes quickly from their light bar)
Six Par 64 RGB Pars (Already owned)
4 ADJ Megabars (Already owned)
Cost: $150 Man
Hours: 6 people, 5 hours of assembly.
4 people, 3 hours of install.
3 Sheets 1/8″ Hard Board
Latex Paint (which they already had)
Total Cost: $50
Man Hours: 2 people at 6 hours (+Dry Time)
Light Pipes Process
They cut the EMT to various links and deburred it (to protect the spider wire from possible fraying), making 2 of each size. Having the same pieces in size and quantity for each side helped ensure balance even though they weren’t shooting for symmetry. The vast majority of assembly was done on the ground, in a layed out area the same size as the hanging installation. They layed out their patterns for both sides, and then strung spider wire with a bolt tied to one end and a hook tied onto the other end which would be wrapped around the light bar and hooked back onto itself. They were able to tweek the install by looping the line around the pipe extra times.
They used spider wire because it does not stretch like monofilament, it ties very well, and is a dark green matte finish which doesn’t reflect as much light (well worth the extra cost). The nuts at the bottom of each pipe created a cool effect completely by accident. Their A/C vents blow on that area pretty intensely, and ended up providing some rotation of the pipes and the nuts below. These nuts would catch the uplighting at different times creating a sparkle effect which had several people asking how they got lights inside each pipe.
They took the crown PSD and split it into 6 panels, created an overhead transparency and projected the design onto the hardboard, tracing and then painting. The rest is pretty self explanatory. They left gaps in between the panels and staggered their depth to create some activity as people changed positions in the room. These were also very easy to remove for the numerous weddings and other events they had during the 31-week series.