The marine-themed Expo 2012 has opened in May 2012 for a three-month run in Yeosu, South Korea. The icon of the Expo is “ Big-O”, a landmark constructed to give visitors an insight into the expo's theme, including experience zones hosting large-scale events and cultural performances.
ECA2 - a French-based company specialized in creating and producing major events and shows around the world – was in charge of designing the entire “Big-O” show as well as the O structure. The artistic and technical production of the show was also part of ECA2 mission.
During daytime the “Big-O” is a giant sculpture that will remain after the Expo as a symbolic landmark. By night, it is the centerpiece of a unique show that embraces the Expo's themes.
The O itself features a water screen inside the outer rim, which shows films and other videos. The outer rim also produces special effects, such as laser shows.
ECA2's team designed the O as a mysterious object that could have emerged from the ocean itself. It glints in the sunlight like a jewel over the lagoon. Modern materials such as concrete and steel are harmoniously combined to lend the structure an almost organic appearance.
For the “Big-O” night-time show, the Medialon show control system synchronizes hundreds of devices and special effects, creating an immersive show that plunges the audience into the heart of a sensory narrative.
One Medialon Manager V6 PRO show control software allows controlling and synchronizing the following:
24x moving water cannons (360°), “Cascade Screen”®, a 45-meter high water curtain which is the biggest and tallest one ever built in the world, hundreds of water jets.
24x flame generators, hundreds of mist nozzles , 5x lasers.
Lighting and video:
58x moving heads (1 500W) in weatherproof casing, 6x video projectors (35 000 lumens).
The “Big-O” show is definitely one of the main attractions at Expo 2012 where millions of people from around the world will to visit.
Design - Creation - Production Director & Producer: Jean-Christophe Canizares from ECA2
Head of Operations & Technical Director: Guillaume Duflot from ECA2
Screenplay, Artistic Director & Show Director: Moira Smith from ECA2
Big-O Architecture: Mark Fisher
Control: LCSS, ECA2
Watch a video of the breathtaking “Big-O” nigh-time show here: