Unique lighting and controls turn this mid-western university theater renovation into an unprecedented experience for students, staff and the regional community. The custom chandelier has RGBA LEDs and kinetic arms. Due to spatial limitations from aiming angles of followspot, the design solution resulted in a retractable articulating large scale chandelier.
During commissioning five shows were programmed into the system. Standard programming effects are compiled and arranged into themed shows that relate to the chandelier shape and position such as flowers blooming, swirling storm, and color explosion. The controls system design was awarded an 2020 IES Illumination Award of Merit.
This video shows a compilation of the chandelier deploying and retracting within the space. The last scene shows the chandelier view from below.