Light bridge illuminated Alpine Skiing World Championships

With the World Skiing Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in February 2011, A&O Technology has added another important project to its portfolio. Together with Osram, the company has adorned the night sky above the world famous ski resort with a bridge of light.

An amazing spectacle awaited the athletes and hundred thousand visitors in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the World Skiing Championships which ran from the 7th to the 20th February. During the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium and each evening's medal presentation ceremonies, in the course of a lavish lightshow visible way beyond the limits of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district, a bridge was fashioned in the night sky linking the three main competition venues. The effect was achieved through the deployment at each of the three venues of high-powered searchlights the beams of which will intersect at a point in the night sky equidistant from all three. With blue beams emanating from the Olympic Stadium, red from the Kandahar downhill run and burnished gold from Medal Plaza, the bridge radiated in the colours of the FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski).

"With the world championships this year being held in our own country, we feel it is incumbent upon us as a company with a rich tradition to ensure through the use of state-of-the-art lighting technology that the event will be an unforgettable experience," explains Wolfgang Gregor, Osram's Director of Customer Relationship Management. "Furthermore, through a project in the Galapagos Islands, we are rendering the overall production carbon neutral."

For the light show on opening night, a total of thirty-eight FALCON high-powered searchlights of the kind often seen at major concerts and outdoor events were deployed. They were equipped with OSRAM XBO 7 KW lamps. A further 4.500 coloured OSRAM high-powered LEDs in the Olympic Stadium and Medal Plaza contributed additional colour and dazzling effects to the opening ceremony and medal presentations.

The technical realization of the light show was the responsibility of A&O Technology. To create the bridge of light in the sky over Garmisch-Partenkirchen, over sixty FALCON xenon searchlights were used. Eighteen FALCON 6000 CMY units were positioned in the upper tier of the Olympic Stadium, whilst three FALCON BEAM 7000W and eight FALCON FLOWER 3000W units were placed on the ski jump, the landing area of which will be converted through the use of video projectors into a giant canvas. At the take-off point, the beams of ten FALCON BEAM 7000W units composed the pier of the Olympic Stadium span of the bridge at Gudiberg. At Medal Plaza in World Championship Park, three FALCON BEAM 7000W and twelve FALCON BEAM 3000W units formed a second pier. The third pier was sculpted by nine FALCON BEAM 7000W searchlights in the Kandahar Arena. The opening show paid tribute to the contributions to world culture of local figures such as composer Richard Strauss and children's author Michael Ende.

The construction of the bridge of light began each evening with the creation of a four-minute frozen image: a white pyramid of light. Only then the orientation of the beams slowly changed to compose a bridge in the sky in the colours of the FIS, with the colour blue assigned to the Olympic Stadium, red to the Kandahar Arena and burnished gold to Medal Plaza. This constellation proved transitory as the beams reverted to their original configuration and the pyramid of white light reappeared. This sequential networking of the competition venues broke off at 10 pm nightly throughout the World Skiing Championships to resume from the start the next evening at 5 pm. (Stadiaworld, 03.03.2011)

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