Brazilian TV station, Rede Globo, provided broadcast coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to Brazil, for which two large stages were provided: one in Guaratiba and another on Copacabana Beach.
Spectrun Design e Iluminação supplied all the equipment for the event on the Guaratiba stage. A 70m x 30m stage, which was originally built to receive approximately three million visitors — and prepared to transmit the festivities to the whole world — was illuminated by 66 P-5 LED wash lights and 40 SixPack blinders for perfect colour diversity and light output.
Marcos Olivio from Spectrun Design e Iluminação was challenged by the size of the stage and the emphasis to maintain an aesthetic display and he created a stage with numerous columns of various heights and sizes. The function of the P-5 was to illuminate these and they were especially selected for their IP rating to work flawlessly in the outdoor environment.
“The power and the colours are the key differentiators of these products [SixPack and P-5]. And after this experience in the heavy rain, also their IP65”, explains Olivio.
However, unpredictably, meteorological factors resulted in all activities in Guaratiba being transferred to Copacabana with only one day’s notice — and so the planned event for 3 million never took place. While the full setup worked perfectly, it was decided that accommodating three million people without cover would not be ideal.
“It rained heavily for five days, but the IP-65 products showed that we were ready to hold the event. Even with this much rain, everything was turned on and working”, Olivio recognises.