The foundation Universal Brotherhood chose SGM’s G-Spot moving head for their Sant Nirankari Mission fountain of worship in India. Lawrence Ryan of Eagle Eye Studios was tasked with designing and programming a show control interface for the beautiful fountain in Delhi called Fountain of Oneness.
As lighting designer, Lawrence Ryan envisioned a full interface for the operators to easily test and manually run all the lighting and fountains in the venue, while also choreographing an entire show using Medialon record DMX features and a Jands Vista lighting controller. A composed piece of music incorporating the Guru talking, with beautiful vocal sections, and the deployment of 12 SGM G-Spot moving heads offer the feeling of spirituality through sound and light. “Initially I was looking for standard intelligent lighting effects from moving head units, but I ended up with something really quite special and was truly impressed with the colours and movement of the units,” says Lawrence Ryan, adding that they had considered many different options for this installation.
The choice was unambiguous when this IP65 all-weather moving head was presented. “SGM had just launched the product and I was the first to get delivery of these very special units,” the designer continues. Besides the IP rating, finding a fixture based on LED technology has its clear benefits:“The LED output moves us away from the conventional lamp and ballast set-up which hopefully will give a much better life span for the units.”
The 12 G-Spot moving heads from SGM are placed on the edge of the water feature. With a square pool area segmented into four areas, three units are located at the edge of each area, providing a broad spectrum of bright colours across the fountain. It was important for Lawrence Ryan not to make this look like a regular show. The choreography itself resembles a cross between architectural lighting and effect lighting, with attention to its statement of the ‘oneness’. “For a start the audience can actually walk through the structure and around the area, and we had to keep this in mind when programming. The show can be watched from many vantage points, giving the audience excellent repeat value and allowing them to see other effects which were not visible from positions previously,” he explains.
Deployment came simple to Lawrence Ryan, who describes the units as “very easy to set up and simple to upgrade with firmware via DMX.”However, he pinpoints the best feature of the G-Spot with a firm statement: “I was totally blown away with the colour output of these LED units.”