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Avolites controls lighting for giant Star Wars ‘Lightsaber’ install

Duncan Proctor 22 January 2016
SuperSharpy lightsaber 1 © Jeff Pioquinto

The 398ft high ‘Monument of Light’ Spire in Dublin was transformed into a giant ‘Lightsaber’ in December to mark the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, using lighting fixtures controlled by Avolites’ Titan One DMX USB Dongle.

Commissioned by Disney, Tom Rohan of event production house Eventco conceptualised the installation alongside lighting designers Mick Murray and Matthew Cregan. The team used 16 of Clay Paky SuperSharpys to beam colours up the Spire to create the Lightsaber effect.

The event lasted for three weeks, with the team checking and controlling the lighting via CCTV, connected to the internet, which sent live images back. They then accessed the laptop within the Spire using the TeamViewer app.

“We did initial focusing on an Avolites Tiger Touch II and then transferred the show to a Mac laptop with the Titan One Dongle installed,” said Mick Murray. “With the Team Viewer app we could log in to the show at any time and reset a fixture or do further programming. Using a time of day clock, we could trigger cuelists to light up the Spire at 5pm each day and run a separate sequence overnight.”

Avolites’ Titan One DMX USB Dongle facilitates control of intelligent lighting, dimmers and LED effects from one on-screen console. It allows the user to output one line of DMX with the full functionality of Avolites Titan Software, and access to Avolites features such as Pixelmapper, Quicksketch, Media Clip Select, Attribute Control-Blades and ShapeGenerator.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Pioquinto

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