ULA & EET ILLUMINATE COMMONWEALTH GAMES VILLAGE
The XXI Commonwealth Games took place on the Gold Coast between 4 and 15 April 2018.
The ULA Group partnered with Elite Event Technology to illuminate the main common outdoor areas of the Commonwealth Games Village to help create a vibrant, dynamic and festive atmosphere within this unique site, which became a temporary home for over 6600 athletes and team officials who came to Australia from all over the globe during the Games.
The Village is very patriotic with impressive attention given to Aussie detail. The overall design is all about colour and represents Queensland in the very nicest way, with the residential villages called Rainforest, Reef, Outback, Beach, Surf and Sunset.
The whole idea of incorporating temporary mood lighting to the complex was to highlight the colours and playfulness of the Village and the Games even during the dark and provide a perfect place for the athletes to celebrate the wins and success of their national teams.
For Elite Event Technology, with the recent investment to the new Acme Lighting outdoor fixtures, this was a great opportunity to test these IP65 rated fixtures in Queensland’s unpredictable weather conditions. The team used 56 Acme Outdoor Tour Pixel 1010 Bars to illuminate facades of various buildings within the complex, running different colour patterns and colour themes each night between dusk and dawn.
One of the nicest features of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Village is the Village Heart, a white sculpture with a vertical fountain. This original sculpture was modelled on the Natural Arch in the nearby Numinbah Valley behind the Gold Coast, where water cascades down the limestone and glow worms appear at night.
Twelve Acme Stage PAR 400 Zoom IP fixtures were strategically positioned around the sculpture to bring it to life with beautiful saturated colours and purposely programmed lighting schemes, with the green and gold theme being one of the most popular.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games were a great success, with Australia topping the medal table for the fourth time in the past five Commonwealth Games, winning 80 gold medals and 189 medals in total.