Matt Groves from The Naz in Grove City, OH brings us these scattered blinder boxes.
While watching a country music concert, Matt noticed right away their use of scattered audience blinders that were slightly dimmed. They used them more as part of the set rather than a tool to light the audience up. Matt really liked the effect and decided to give it a try. However, the price of blinders and the amount of fixtures that he needed did not work out to meet his budget. So like any other frugal stage designer, he looked around to see what he already had that he could piece together and make work. After some trial and error, he decided to make the blinders out of wood.
He used 2×4’s for the frame and 1/2″ plywood for the back. Matt reused light sockets, wiring, and plugs from another set they built. The dimensions of the blinder ended up being about 2’x2′. To attach the blinders to their truss and stands, he removed the steel yokes from six freznel lighting fixtures they had and attached them to the backs of the blinders with 2×4’s and lag screws. After everything was built and painted black, he had spent $0.
After purchasing 54 60watt Par38 lamps at the local hardware store, the final cost of the project was $269.19. They did not dim the blinders up to full 100% during the services, only to 20%. Just enough to make them glow.