The breath-taking illumination of the London Eye at midnight when one year passes into the next has become a famous and expected sight not just for Londoners, but for people across the entire country.
Stage Electrics has been involved with the Marking Midnight project from 2004, commissioned by Jack Morton Worldwide and in partnership with lighting designer Durham Marenghi.
Stage Electrics' year once again started in style with the lighting of the London Eye as part of the spectacular Marking Midnight celebrations, broadcast live on the BBC. An estimated half a million New Year revellers braved freezing conditions in the capital to see in the New Year with the lighting and fireworks extravaganza on the banks of the River Thames. While an estimated 13 million watched the live TV coverage across the world.
No access was allowed during public opening times, so Stage Electrics' crew could only work 20:00 to 02:00, with wireless tests and rehearsals taking place between 28th - 30th December in preparation for the large scale event. Therefore, the importance of installing lighting units into all 32 pods quickly and efficiently was paramount in the successful management of the event. Additional search lights were placed on eight floating pontoons each side of the Eye, which needed to be loaded at a dock downstream before being tugged into position before the event. Demonstrating once again Stage Electrics' abilities to deliver stunning technical solutions within strict immobile deadlines.
Photos by "Kimbolton Fireworks and courtesy of Jack Morton Worldwide"
Lighting Design by Durham Marenghi