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Every surface is lit with multiple projections with
layered gobo effects. Matching the animation across
3d planes that could be viewed from all angles was
particularly difficult but creates a magical effect on a
massive scale
Go to www.mondoarc.com to see an interview with
Speirs and Major Associates Director Jonathan
Speirs about the project
temperatures routinely reach 50°C. Supply ambitious lighting scheme and first looked ing into account experiences gained from
of the Martin Exteriors was through Martin into big projectors. “We were sure we were two initial Exterior 1200 projects.
Professional’s local representative, Martin going to do something with a limited use of “The Grand Mosque project became the
Middle East, who project managed the colour but not full colour mixing,” states reason to take the idea forward,” states
exterior lighting install in collaboration with Bradshaw. “While we were still working Jesper Lauridsen, Design & Application
Martin’s Danish-based headquarters office. out what tones of colour and what type of Manager at Martin’s headquarter office in
ETC, through their Middle East distribu- projection we wanted, we thought we’d Aarhus, Denmark. “Working closely with
tor Oasis Enterprises, supplied 21 Congo get some Martin theatre kit down there and SaMA to understand what they required,
Light Servers and 15 Unison processors. eventually did a large scale mock up that we translated their idea and vision into an
17 custom-built equipment racks and 52 was really well organised by Martin Middle actual lighting solution, ensuring that the
customised dimming racks contain almost East personnel using MAC 2000s. product could do the job. I believe our lead-
2,300 circuits - Relays, SCR- and Martix Mk “We learned a lot about the projection, the ing position in merging technology into the
II Sinewave dimming - which, along with the intensity, the texture we wanted to use and requirements of the architectural market
Martin fixtures, are controlled via 276 ETC ultimately came back with an idea of the was an important factor for them.”
Net3 DMX/RDM Gateways. Status and error clouds moving across the moon, streaming With a high level of technology integration
messages from the racks and fixtures are in a west to east direction from Mecca.” as well as the maintenance requirements of
passed back to the database server where a Essentially, the look SaMA wanted was a a project of this magnitude, Martin’s experi-
custom-built fault reporting system provides MAC 2000 effect in regards to both power ence, support and international presence
feedback to the Grand Mosque maintenance and projection and talks began about put- was vital. Grand Mosque representatives,
operators. ting a MAC 2000 in a weatherproof housing. including the main engineer, electrical
“The building exhibits a high level of But because of the environment and exces- manager and head of electrical engineer-
religious refinement yet is also of civic sive heat, that wasn’t the optimal choice. ing, visited Martin’s headquarter office and
importance,” says Bradshaw. “It sits up on a SaMA was looking for a robust exterior main factory in Denmark and came away
plateau against the sky with nothing on the fixture capable of projection and animation confident that Martin could handle such a
same scale around it which gives it some- and, not coincidentally, a large Exterior large project.
thing very extraordinary.” series fixture with a 1200W lamp was on top Competent local representation was impor-
Exterior lighting challenges were as large of Martin’s priority list. tant as well with Martin Middle East han-
as the building itself. SaMA considered the Working with SaMA, Martin developed the dling a number of key roles – lighting system
type of equipment necessary to fulfill the required specification for the project, tak- integration, commissioning, and installation
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