Creative Production Agency ECA2 of France has broken new ground in show technology with BIG-O, a breathtaking multimedia installation at the EXPO 2012 grounds in Yeosu, South Korea.
BIG-O enjoyed a stunning debut at EXPO 2012 and stands impressively as a giant 41-meter high sculpture and 3,000-nozzle water curtain that transforms into an immersive multi-sensory show by night. The magnificent interaction of light and water incorporates 30 Martin MAC 2000 Profile™ and 48 MAC 2000 Beam XB™ luminaires as an integral multimedia element. All Martin luminaires are in protection domes and were supplied by Martin distributor Hansam System Co. Ltd.
ECA2 pushed the envelope of innovation with BIG-O, creating the largest sea water curtain ever attempted in a multimedia show - the cascade screen© - and then incorporating various show elements like lighting, flames, lasers and video in a new and unique way.
Incorporation of lighting onto the 35-meter-high water curtain was a challenge. ECA2’s new approach to technology pushed the team to createnew ways of technical delivery and maintenance such as a custom-made housing traverse lighting dolly that can be slid out of the lights’ protective housing for maintenance, on-board programming and bulb replacement. It is this type of innovation that pushed the ECA2 team to create best new practices for the industry.
The success of BIG-O as an emotional journey is exemplified in the 100,000 weekly visitors the show attracted during the EXPO and, because the committee decided to turn the BIG-O experience into a permanent show, the many others who visit BIG-O every day.
ECA2 – Project Developer/Producer
For over 30 years, ECA2 has been creating and producing major events and shows worldwide. Renowned for its outstanding creativity, innovative designs and technical expertise, ECA2 devises unique creations for special events, World Expos, Olympic ceremonies and permanent shows for theme parks. The in-house design and technical engineering team ensures a true 360-degree delivery of services from A to Z. This methodology was carried throughout the production life cycle of BIG-O.
Design, Creation, Production Director & Producer: Jean-Christophe Canizares ECA2
Head of Operations & Technical Director: Guillaume Duflot ECA2
Screenplay, Artistic Director & Show Director: Moira Smith ECA2
Multimedia and Show Direction: James Thomson
Music and Soundtrack: Philippe Villar, Pascal Lengagne
Sound Designer: Yoan Corchia
Lighting Designers: Frederic Fayard, Johan Chabal
Laser Designer: Claude Lifante
Video Projection Engineer: Gaël Piquet
Video Graphist: Karine Jourdain, Pierre-Yves Joseph
Artistic Production Manager: Vanessa d’Alessandro
First Assistant of Artistic Directors: Pauline Moss
BIG-O Architecture: Mark Fisher
Ocean Water Fountain: WET Design
Architects and Stage Designers: Julie Moreau, Virginie Martin
Technical Director: Jason Fisher
Technical Managers: Ken Lo, Lawrence Ryan
Operations Manager: Stephane Plume