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Originally produced for Expo 2012 in South Korea, the Big-O Show is one of the latest multimedia


spectaculars from acclaimed


French show producer ECA2. As it prepares to reopen this month as a standalone


attraction, Park World takes a look at the award-winning production lighting up the city of Yeosu


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using cutting edge technology with impressive technical infrastructure – including an iconic O- shaped centrepiece – the Big-O Show played to daily audiences of up to 10,000 during last summer’s Expo, making it the event’s most popular feature. Having withstood a typhoon last autumn, the 41-metre- tall construction is now ready to come back to life as an integral part of a twice-nightly entertainment experience for visitors to this ocean city, where it survives together with other former Expo features such as an aquarium.


Set inside a sea water lagoon, the Big-O Show's distinctive circular sculpture has already become a local


landmark. During the downtime over the winter, the attraction has picked up a Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), as well as being nominated for an excellence award from Live Design magazine. Featuring a compelling narrative, this immersive 22- minute show uses many breathtaking and original multimedia effects and its notable for having the largest sea water curtain ever attempted in a multimedia show, viewable from a 180° angle. Although they were able to use various existing show elements like lighting, flames, lasers and video projections, ECA2’s engineers spent countless hours over a 16-month period designing, fabricating and resting the pressurised water nozzles and custom-made housings and technical structures necessary for the show. Furthermore the salt water environment required that all elements be fabricated in high grade, anti- corrosive steel.


Developed as part of the show was a patent- pending “cascade screen” that provides a 35m-high water curtain without the loss of water pressure or image clarity, regardless of wind. Meanwhile more familiar effects have been used in new ways, including downwards flame projectors and water jets that spurt towards the audience. Produced by ECA2 CEO Jean-Christophe Canizares,


the Big-O Show's storyline touches on human reaction of the unexpected, taking viewers on an emotional journey that resonates with audiences of all ages and walks of life. “The story is about a young girl’s dream trip meeting the ocean's many faces,” says an ECA2 spokesperson. “Through this trip, we are asking to everybody to consider their responsibility for guarding the oceans.


See the Big-O Show under construction and in action at bit.ly/130xKxu


34 APRIL 2013


Big O Show South Korea’s


award-winning multimedia show!

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