Thea Awards Recipients

Thea Awards 2013

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement: Event Spectacular

BIG-O show, Yeosu 2012 International Expo, Korea

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The Big-O is the latest breathtaking multimedia installation to fuse a breakthrough concept and cutting-edge technology with show creation, whilst leaving an iconic structure that, after closing day, permanently towers over the 2012 Yeosu World Expo site.

Technical design features include:

•Water systems (24 moving, 360-degree water cannons rotate create haunting, createing sacred geometric patterns and shapes, while at 45-meters high, the biggest and tallest water curtain in the world boasts hundreds of sea water jets).

•Special effects (24 flame generators; hundreds of mist nozzles; 5 lasers)

•Lighting and images (58 moving lights, 1500 watts each in weatherproof casing; 6 video projectors of 35,000 lumens)

This project, the result of Yeosu Expo 2012’s challenge to create a unique event with a new approach to technology that would remain as an icon and a legacy, has added a new dimension to the genre of the multimedia water spectacular.

The Big-O show had an impressive attendance throughout the run of the Expo of over 100,000 people weekly, from all walks of life and age group demographics. It transports the audience through an innovative and breathtaking visual journey. With its sea water curtain, the largest ever realized in a multimedia show, its “O” structure truss system has introduced vertical waterscreen orientation and thus a whole new range of fountain and screen image possibilities. A testament to its success is that although originally intended to be a temporary structure that would not outlast the 3-month run of Yeosu Expo 2012, it will instead remain as a permanent attraction, symbolic landmark and nighttime show.

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