It may not have looked like your grandma's Empire State Building (ESB), but a grandMA2 enhanced the dazzling pixel mapping of the New York City landmark that launched the building's groundbreaking Philips Color Kinetics (PCK) LED lighting system. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.
The world-famous ESB recently revealed its new, one-of-a-kind LED tower lights with a first-ever light show on the Landmark, which was designed by noted lighting designer Marc Brickman. The stunning display featured six Hippo HD media servers, controlled by a grandMA2 and operated in conjunction with the PCK LSM control system and its associated network. The Hippos drove 11,500 pixel-mapped DMX channels to four types of Philips Color Kinetics RGB and white fixtures located on the building's top four tiers where they replaced old metal halide and fluorescent fixtures. All four sides of the structure were pixel mapped making the landmark visible throughout the city and surrounding areas.
"It was an honor to work on the project," says Brickman. "Philips and their team did an incredible job, and I had a great team. Everyone wanted to try something new and create a special musical show, and we did."
He explains that Philips "felt they needed enhance their control system" to implement the pixel mapping. "grandMA2 would have been any designer's choice for this application," he says. "I was familiar with using pixels; it's still animated light. And the grandMA worked great."
Brickman was assisted by programmer Tony Fransen, 3-D artist Deitrich Juengling and Hippo programmer Darian Koop.