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Three Rivers Arts Festival

When Flyspace Productions needed to light up the Blue Lapis Light aerialists, who were performing for Three Rivers Arts Festival, they called on Noland Jenkins in our Pittsburgh office. The aerialists "dance" on the sides of large structures -- be it power plants, bridges or skyscrapers -- hundreds of feet up in the air.

For the festival, the dancers performed on the side of the Highmark Building in downtown Pittsburgh. Because the length of distance needed for the light to properly illuminate the aerialists, our team used Philips VARI*LITE VL4000 Spots and VL3500 Washes to provide beautiful, changing colors of light over the building, project patterns and custom gobos, and highlight the dancers with brilliant white spots. The lighting was controlled by a Road Hog 4 console.

In addition, Flyspace wished to create a canopy of umbrellas covering a walkway. Our team provided 155 feet of event-style heavy duty truss to line each side of the walkway and give a solid base to secure the 250 umbrellas.

Lastly, the production team used LED pars and spots to light the various performers on stage.


Blue Lapis Light presented by Pittsburgh Dance Council & Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust on Vimeo.

  • Highmark building wash
  • Highmark building wash
  • Highmark building wash
  • stage lighting
  1. Highmark building wash
  2. Highmark building wash
  3. Highmark building wash
  4. stage lighting

About Three Rivers Arts Festival


Event: Three Rivers Arts Festival

Client: Flyspace Productions

VLS Team:

  • Noland Jenkins, Production Manager
  • Alex Stevens, Designer & Board Operator
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