Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo had the honour of celebrating the 11th edition of the African Games in September 2015, marking not only the 50th anniversary of the Games (held every four years) but also the return to Brazzaville, which hosted the very first edition back in 1965.
Organized by the African Union (AU), this multi-sports event drew in participants from 54 nations with a programme of 22 separate sports disciplines plus two additional disability sports.
GL events Audiovisual, a subsidiary to GL events Group, was tasked with the exceptional closing ceremony of the Games. From design to production, the teams focus was fully on guaranteeing top-quality service within sound, lighting and video. To achieve the best possible light installation, they selected 18 G-Spot LED moving heads from SGM with an IP-rating of 65.
French lighting designer, Vincent Mongourdin, worked closely together with show director Martin Arnaud.
“Arnaud’s scenographic method was to place a cube balancing on its lowest vertex in a pool in the middle of the stadium, symbolizing the history, presence and future of Congo, when the cube opens. The lighting concept behind was to make this cube become a piece of jewelry magnified by a concentric implementation. This called for a powerful light output in order to give the right impression of the cube floating on water as I worked with the water reflections.
This concept required the only moving head on the market that can provide a high output while operating in a humid environment; actually placed right next to a huge water screen. This being the G-Spot. And I must admit, I was also attracted by its LED system. So we decided to place 18 G-Spots in the pool,” says Vincent Mongourdin.
Highly convincing IP65 rating
The G-Spot moving head is IP65 rated, causing the use of domes to be completely unnecessary. By avoiding domes, the light output and contrast of the luminaire will maintain unaffected and thus the projection is bright and powerful at all times.
Besides being protected against water and humidity, the G-Spot is also protected against sand, dust and the accumulation of other damaging particles, resulting in a prolonged lifetime of the unit and a significant reduction in maintenance resources as only the outer luminaire requires occasional cleaning.
Head of the technical lighting department, Alexandre Trapon, reports:
“A brand new stadium was built for this particular occasion, in Brazzaville’s suburbs [Kintélé].
Right in the centre of the stadium, this huge removable cube was constructed. The purpose of the cube was to use each side to project video onto, culminating in the cube unfolding like flower petals as finale. The cube was situated in a large pool with 10 cm deep water surrounding it, which had to be highlighted. On top of this, a water curtain above the pool continuously sprayed water on the moving heads for which reason we selected the SGM G-Spot.
Even though I know that the G-Spot moving heads are IP65 rated, it is still very surprising to see these luminaires in such an environment. And realizing that none of the units showed any problems, it truly confirms that they are IP65 for sure!
Besides this, the open-air arena in Brazzaville was hit by a sandstorm just before the show. All other moving heads needed an internal cleaning of lenses and electronic parts. The G-Spot just had an external clean up and they were ready to go!
I am very enthusiastic about the G-Spot. This was my first time working with this moving head and we received fantastic feedback especially regarding the colours and the quality gobos. The quality of SGM’s products is very good, so we will for sure be using the G-Spot again for other shows.”
Director: Martin Arnaud, “Les petits français”
Lighting Designer: Vincent Mongourdin
Lighting Operator: Jean-Pierre Carry
Director of Operations: Matthieu Aufort
Technical Lighting Manager: Alexandre Trapon
Live Performance: GL events Audiovisual
Photos: © OEil du Daph