This year's Skyworks saw our lasers and water fountains light up the West for the first time. Perth's annual Skyworks is recognised as the country's largest Australia Day celebration. So Oracle was very excited to be asked to provide a new layer of spectacle to the already very spectacular event!
The site for the laser-water show was Langley Park on the northern bank of the Swan estuary, which in 2013 became a popular hub for the day's festivities with tens of thousands in attendance. Pylons were driven into the river bed to provide positions for 4 of our latest 30 watt full colour lasers. An additional high-powered Oracle green-gold laser was set up on the shore at South Perth, some 1.5 km distance from the event site. Oracle then built a wireless network using microwave links to control the entire system.
Eight fountains were floated into position and lined up along a 400m stretch of water front. These were installed using our newly perfected modular floatation systems complete with LED lighting. Even by day the scale of the fountains was impressive, spraying some 30 meters into the air. By night, the lasers cut through the fireworks smoke and sparkled on the water screens, providing a completely dazzling addition to the show. Congratulations to the City of Perth and to Foti's Fireworks for what proved to be a fantastic celebration of Australia Day.
SHM are renowned for their massive impact laser shows, so we were honoured to be their laser provider for the 2013 Australian tour. The Oracle rig included 2 x 25 watt RGBY, 6 x 15 watt RGB, 4 x 10 watt green and 2 x 7 watt yellow laser systems. Set against the backdrop of the band's impressive stage set and filling the arena with high power beams, the lasers provided one of the real high points for the shows.
The Oracle system was connected by a combination of microwave links and cabled cat5 and operated via our latest touch-screen control desk. Working closely with SHM's technical team, and the production team from TotemOneLove, our operators programmed, rehearsed and delivered shows in both Melbourne and Sydney. The Oracle laser systems provided excellent efficiency in set up and superb performance under demanding outdoor weather conditions.
Once again we were delighted to be a part of Sydney's Australia Day celebrations at Darling Harbour. This year we supplied a rig of 8 high-powered green lasers, arranged symmetrically along Pyrmont Bridge. By concentrating a large number of lasers coming from one position we could achieve seriously big impact for those special moments in the show. The crowd reaction was fantastic every time the rack went off, shooting beams over their heads and sweeping through the pyro smoke.
In addition to the lasers, Oracle also supplied a large water fountain, angled up and out over Cockle Bay. This provided a surprise element that was greeted with cheers from the crowds and became a great additional "canvas" for lasers and lights to play on.
Our fountains now have modular floatation systems. This means they can be set up, floated into position and anchored, without the need of a land-based fixing point or barge to attach them to. We can now offer a truly fresh and exciting show concept to the Australian events industry.
Key benefits are cost effective and efficient setup; flexibility from a modular system that can be put together in a multitude of ways; low profile with most equipment out of sight below the water line; cost effective for interstate and overseas delivery due to using industry standard components such as box truss for structure and standard drums for floatation.
Best of all, the system allows us to offer a unique show to a wide and diverse audience and market. The systems work well in any flat water including rivers, lakes, lagoons, dams, canals, sheltered bays and harbours.
Oracle Attractions created From the Deep, a laser-light-and-water spectacle, for Melbourne's inaugural White Night Festival. Water fountains created the canvas for a magical display of laser art. The 8 minute show was set to evocative music by Felix Riebl of the Cat Empire and proved an absolute winner with the crowds. Tens of thousands filled the banks on both sides of the Yarra for the half-hourly performances that lasted until sunrise the next day.
Star of the show was a 40m high water fountain that rose majestically from the centre of the river, glowing in lights and painted with moving lasers. Four additional fountains were arranged in an X-shape, at varying angles. Lasers were placed on four sides, projecting into the centre. Lasers also created atmospheric animations across the trees and features of both river banks.
The company was honoured to play a significant part in such an extraordinarily successful debut festival. Rave reviews abound. Massive credit and thanks to Andrew Walsh and the team from Right Angle Events.
Kylie's performance at the Hordern for Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has been acclaimed as one of her truly legendary shows. Oracle was proud to play a part, delivering a rig of full colour 12 Watt RGBs plus additional high powered greens. Lasers featured prominently on the tracks "Put Your Hands Up" and the grand finale song, "All The Lovers". There was a massive reaction from the crowd every time the lasers kicked in, adding more energy to the already ecstatic atmosphere. Congratulations to the entire production team for delivering such a memorable show.
It takes a lot to get Sydney's fashion media excited, so it was great to see them stop in their tracks and grab their cameras when they saw our latest creation! Oracle's senior engineer, Gwyllym Suter, spent several weeks designing and building this laser cube. The real trickery came in giving it a perfect offset, tilted on all three axes, to frame the product and catch the viewer's eye from any angle. Additional challenges came from the fact the cube was to be placed right amongst the audience. Lasers had to be hidden beneath a custom built stage and noise baffled, tiny mirrors painstakingly set with millimeter accuracy and smoke directed to the right locations (smoke being well known for going in exactly the direction you want it to..)
Oracle also provided laser animations, tracing the patterns of the venue's aged brick walls and forming product logos. Staging Connections provided the set and AV. Willett Marketing managed the event. The result was truly stunning, with the cube as a focal point, centre of the room, glowing in vivid red to match the L'Oreal product branding. True smoke and mirrors in action...
This year’s Santos GLNG City of Lights broke all the festival’s records for attendance. The show made spectacular use of our new stock of large-scale water fountains and high-end outdoor lasers in a dazzling display.
The biggest of the fountains rose some 60m above the Brisbane River. Eight additional systems sprayed at various angles to create projection surfaces for lasers and lighting.
Oracle has developed these systems to meet the most rigorous demands. The pumps worked faultlessly throughout the 3 week season (shows 2 or 3 times every night), fully immersed in the salty, fast-flowing river waters. Nozzles are designed to maximize the effectiveness of the massive sprays for laser projection. Control systems have been built to allow remote control from onshore.
Oracle has now begun the development of standalone floatation systems for the fountains. Once completed, these will allow cost-effective deployment, without the requirement of a barge or shore position to support the pumps. Designed around standard 300mm box truss, the floats will be modular, allowing any combination and arrangement to snap together in the most time and dollar efficient way. The fountains can then be simply launched from a boat ramp and towed into place.
Oracle Attractions now has the ultimate fleet of outdoor lasers. Since late last year, our new 15W full colour spectrum lasers have filled Australia's biggest stadiums with dazzling beams, perfectly colour integrated with the lighting show. Perched atop skyscrapers, they have fired across the Brisbane River and played above the heads of thousands of excited Queenslanders at the Brisbane Festival. Most recently, they provided a dramatic change of pace and mood at Sydney's Australia Day celebrations at Darling Harbour.
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Andrew Walsh brought his renowned creativity to this year's Australia Day on Darling Harbour, serving Sydneysiders an event with layer upon layer of shifting moods and drama. Oracle Attractions, working in concert with the audio, lighting and pyrotechnics teams, delivered the climax of the show. As the production reached it's crescendo, Oracle's water jets spouted great parabolic arcs from either side of the show barge. These created massive curtains of water some 50m wide, the perfect canvas for Oracle's latest 15W full colour lasers. From a swirl of colour ribbons, the laser sequence built the closing image of the Australia Day logo.
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