In 2017, we were approached to create another custom art car for a private client in the Bay Area. The concept we were given was “Gothic Cathedral” and the goal of the project was to create a work of art that would evoke reverence and reflection during the day, yet would transform into a sound stage and point of celebration at night. The client was quite specific at the onset of the project, he wanted us to pull out all the stops and design something completely unique and has never been seen before.
With these criteria in mind, we had a 6 month period of designing the mobile installation from top to bottom. Everything from the framing and structure, to the artistic facade, to the interior deco needed to be designed from scratch in order to fit together seamlessly on a mobile platform. Digital Ambiance assumed the role of lead show system design to create a cohesive lighting, laser, and pyro show. The Digital Ambiance team also assumed the role of project producer, managing the finances and coordination of assets.
Once the design was approved, a year and a half long build commenced. Tesseract’s full time fabricators worked around the clock to assemble the pieces that were all meticulously designed and produced by hand. LED strip was embedded into each facade panel and each pixel was counted and mapped to ensure that smooth effects could be programmed into the once complete. Audiowaska worked hand in hand with Danley Sound to develop a custom stadium-caliber speaker system based around the infamous Jericho drivers. We partnered with Future Weapons to create a laser show based on Kvan’ts 36 watt audience scanning laser projectors. Digital Ambiance developed custom software to accurately map nearly 40,000 individual LED pixels in Madrix. Custom pyro emitters were developed by Graywrx Fabrication featuring the capability to change the color of the fire and trigger the effects via DMX control. The interior deco was designed and fabricated by Katherine Tincher Design, making the interior feel more like a high-end victorian lounge than an art car out in the desert.
The Sanctuary was finally debuted in August of 2018 with a crew of 15. The show ran nightly from a remote front-of-house booth that wirelessly linked to the main car. This allowed the show designers to program with a full view of the installation, creating beautiful coordinated effects across the lighting, laser, and pyro systems. DJ’s and musicians including Diplo, Skrillex, Aphrodite, and many more headlined throughout the week showing a diverse range of acoustics and even a performance from a gospel choir to round out the mix.
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