2017 in Singapore started off with a burst of colours and light – 60, to be exact, which was the number of Claypaky Mythos fixtures used to power the first ever moving-light display during the “Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2017” presented by Singapore’s national performing arts centre “Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay”.
Chosen by Singapore-based special effects company Intermay Magix and supplied by local rental outfit Showtec Group, the fixtures were used by Intermay Magix Lighting Designer Samson Phua to complement the fireworks in an integrated display named ‘New Dawn’.
“In the event’s 11-year history there has never been an integrated moving light element,” explains Samson. “One of our key pitches to Esplanade when bidding for the design contract was that we would use the powerful beams of light to frame the firework display and provide spectacular stand-alone visuals.”
“New Dawn”‘s design was centred around five solar aspects or phases: Rising Dawn, Vibrant Dawn, Fast and Furious Dawn, Runaway Dawn and Glamorous Dawn. A spherical rig was built to represent the sun in the centre of the 360-hectare bay, with the Mythos placed around its circumference and along the eight “sun beams” that emanated from it.
During the display, the Mythos’ 470-watt parallel beams created a moving net of autumnal oranges, fiery reds and sky blues, thanks to the fixtures’ CMY colour mixing and 14 x special colour filters. This evolving network of beams weaved into the air and was reflected in the waters below creating an impression that the display itself was contained by light.
Samson added that the dual operation modes of the Mythos were easier to set up than other lights on the market, and the light beams were bright enough to break through the lights of the huge firework display at the centre of the rig during the performance.
The Mythos is able to double as a spotlight with a large beam and zoom range of 4° to 50° (1:12 ratio) and a ‘beam’ light with minimum fixed beam angle of 2.5°. The light’s PAN and TILT action was also used to create the show’s signature curved lighting (PAN = 540° – TILT = 244°).
“A key point in the design was to form a series of curves by moving and overlapping the beams of light,” explains Samson. “These framed the firework display from below and gave the illusion that the fireworks were exploding out of a vase.”