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Showcore and Elation illuminate St. Paul Winter Carnival
St. Paul, Minnesota, held its annual Winter Carnival from January 25th to February 10th, 2018. The St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation of Minnesota brought event production company Showcore in to design and run the event’s nightly light shows, which included illumination of a 70-foot tall ice palace using Elation Professional IP65-rated lighting.
The St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace was built out of ice blocks harvested from a lake in Minnesota and constructed in Rice Park in downtown St. Paul. Showcore used eighty-four Elation SixBar 1000 IP LED battens within the structure to glow the palace walls; eight IP65-rated Proteus Beam moving heads to shoot moving pillars of light from the tops of the towers; and sixteen Arena Zoom Q7 IP PAR color changers to uplight ice sculptures carved throughout the run of show. Josh Wabaunsee of Showcore served as lead lighting designer on the project.
Showcore is based locally in the Twin Cities area and has worked with the Winter Carnival for the last four years, this year handling everything from lighting plot design to programming, installation, and nightly board operation. “Our role was to make the ice palace light up in colorful themed looks depending on the celebration of the night, and to provide scheduled time-coded light shows to prerecorded songs that would play in the park,” states Showcore’s Chris LeBlanc. “We were also responsible for lighting sponsor signs and banners, as well as all of the ice sculptures that are carved over the course of the second week.”
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