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World Pride 2019 | Times Square Closing Ceremony

Prize(s) Winners in Music Event Lighting (DJ/Video) / Stage Lighting
Company Design One Lighting Design
Lead Designers Weston Wetzel
Completion Date June 30, 2019
Project Location New York, New York
Entry Description

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, World Pride hosted a Times Square closing ceremony with feat artists such Melissa Etheridge, Jake Shears, Mel C "Sporty Spice," Deborah Cox, & MNEK. The goal was to design an electric feeling of joy and excitement in the stage and lighting. We created a staggered backdrop strobe/pixel controlled structure that resembled skyscrapers in forced perspective with the addition of large-faced lighting fixtures that would extend off each vertical to form a pair of wings that would back light performers or act as scenic background lights. We also designed two flanking, open-angled goal posts that allowed us to frame the stage picture. These structures also housed large-faced lighting fixtures to help carry the energy stage left and right within the visual. Added moving spots & washes throughout the plaza were used to energize the audience and illuminate the talents onstage. Although in the heart of Times Square, we created a brighter, more colorful experience for such a positive and meaningful celebration of remembrance.