Friday, December 21, 2012

"Big-O" Show from Yeosu Expo 2012 to receive top honor from Themed Entertainment Association

Big-O Show” - Yeosu 2012 International Expo, Korea
Named for a 2013 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement, by the Themed Entertainment Association
Category: Event Spectacular
Thea Awards Gala is April 6 at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
The Big-O Show 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, sacred geometry 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.

Twelve beacons of excellence in the design of compelling places and experiences

"The annual Thea Awards, presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), recognize and honor excellence and breakthrough innovation within our industry, wherever it is to be found,” says TEA president Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions. “From Harry Potter to Cars Land, from Transformers to Canadian sports, from the brief run of a world expo to the sustained success of a classic theme park, this year's Thea Awards are helping define the next generation of Experience Design while staying firmly rooted in the core tradition of storytelling."


The awards will be formally presented on 6 April 2013 at the 19th Annual Thea Awards Gala, a ticketed, black-tie dinner affair, open to the public, at the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim USA. Title sponsor of the 19th Thea Awards Gala is AECOM. The Gala producer is Patrick Roberge Productions. TEA events producer is Kathy Oliver. Tickets on sale now at the TEA Box Office. More information and photo gallery at this link.