Leading Belgian creative lighting designer Thomas Boets loves challenges, so when production company Fast Forward Events asked him to light the iconic Reyers Tower in Brussels – a 73 metre high concrete broadcasting pillar, complete with 34 diameter upper section, in total standing 89 metres tall and dominating the local skyline - he jumped at the chance.
He also chose Robe fixtures to accomplish the task which required a careful balance of spectacle and practicality to produce an outstanding lighting scheme for the heritage listed landmark frequently dubbed the ‘flying saucer’.
The idea of transforming the Tower into a beacon of light for De Warmste Week (Music for Life) originated from advertising agency DDB working for VRT radio station Studio Brussels who organise the high profile charity fundraising event.
Thomas chose 24 x Robe BMFL WashBeams, 4 x BMFL Spots, a single BMFL Blade and 16 x Robe CityFlex LED units as the primary sources together with 16 CityColor LED floods.
These were used in conjunction with 130 x 25mm pitch LED panels rigged on a 10 metre high hexagonal trussing structure at the top of the tower – effectively raising the height to 99 metres – which was secured to the building using 18 steel wire cables. Combined with six foggers in the centre, a very realistic flame effect was created as the Tower became a burning torch for the duration.
12 x BMFL WashBeams were on top of the tower to give an extra glow supporting the content running on the LED screens, and 12 were positioned on the ground below illuminating the Tower mast and the base of the flying saucer.
The four BMFL Spots were also positioned at ground level, used specifically to highlight the outline of the Tower and accentuate its interesting shape, Using a contrasting outline colour really brought the concrete structure alive like a colourful piece of trippy 3D art.
Says Thomas, "It was a fantastic project and very inspirational to be asked to light such a landmark. The Robe fixtures helped provide a powerful, adaptable and interesting visual solution all of which helped draw attention to the event, which was highly successful in raising awareness and money for the charity”. In fact, the Music for Life Week activation raised nearly 8 million Euros which was a new record.
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