French specialist large-format company Figarol used its 5m wide Figatex 5000 printer to produce a 1000m2 print for the Rock Werchter festival this summer. Engineering department Studio Line (Belgium) set strong technical constraints - such as dense colours, a foldable and reusable print on a light fabric (200gsm) - which were met by using the Figatex machine .
When AutoRAI required 14,000m2 of printed matter to support the largest auto show in the Netherlands M2 Printing and Exposize pooled resources to deliver 500 large-format projects to adorn walkways, stand partitions, storage areas and pillars.
Branding specialist Icon played a major role in delivering The Ryder Cup’s look and event presentation at Gleneagles this autumn. The company dressed all the tees, grandstands, camera towers and scoreboards in addition to providing some signature pieces within the tented village, media compound and for both the opening and closing ceremonies.
Harrisons manufactured and installed this 15m x 15m banner on the the top of York Minster for the Tour de France route through Britain.
American company Color Ink produced 1:1 scale model bobsleds in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics so that the US bobsled team could display the replicas at various games’ locations. Color Ink had to come up with a design that would be lightweight and easy to assemble yet durable enough not to be damaged during shipping – and all for $1,300 for each finished bobsled.
Falkirk-based Brooklyn Graphics was instrumental to the look of the Kasabian set at this year’s Glastonbury music festival. The company used its Mimaki CJV30-160 to print onto Metamark MD5 self-adhesive vinyl and produce a vivid pink bass drum skin for the group in relation to its new album ‘48:13’.
For customer F1K Indoor Karting, Signarama Thames Valley produced and installed the graphics for its Thurrock-Lakeside race track.
The work included massive internal promotional banners to add atmosphere, internal customer signage to keep visitors on the right track, and finally a winners' podium for the top performers.
When film director Nanni Moretti needed the Sistine Chapel reconstructed in the Cinecittà studios near Rome for his film ‘Habemus Papam’, set designer Paola Bizzarri turned to Big Image. The result is the opulent and true-to life printed set you see here.
“We had to reproduce the original backdrop of the Sistine Chapel. One- to-one, 40.9m long, 13.4m wide and 20.7m high. Never before had our German crew committed a complete existing building to material, in all printing 1,800m2 of special, untreated cotton and vinyl,” says Big Image’s Manfred Muller. “And there were only three months from the order until the delivery.”
Walkways used by crews from Oxford and Cambridge University boat clubs as they made their way from the boathouse to the Thames slipway for the BNY Mellon Boat Race this year, were printed on a UV flatbed printer onto a polymeric base media from Applied Media.
The printed graphics were then protected with a propriety laminate and incorporated crystalline aggregate.
Using the T3 Fabframe it distributes, Tecna UK created this replica London Bus for event use by renowned DJ Norman Jay.
The three-quarter-scale bus has now appeared at events around the world including the Snowbombing Festival in Austria where Jay was found on half way up a mountain, playing to amazed partygoers.
Hollywood Monster helped provide the feel good factor during the Olympics by dressing this pedestrian bridge linking Stratford rail station to the Westfield shopping mall next to the Olympic Park on behalf of Coca-Cola.
“The bridge is very unusual in the fact that it is predominantly glass but also has light boxes built into it, and on the one side of the bridge the glazing twists and falls away at an angle towards the Network Rail lines below,” said Hollywood’s commercial director Simon McKenzie. “All 1,000m2 was on a fully sustainable material that has no PVC content, with a scratch free laminate that is also PVC free.
The Gharafa Sports Club, in Qatar, received venue dressing, signage and wayfinding from Icon for the recent FIVB Volleyball tournament.
With only eight days from the date of instruction to the first whistle of the first game, this was a challenging installation for Icon’s team. Steve Edwards, director of Icon Middle East, said: The branding encompassed everything from the car park signage and wayfinding through to the field of play branding and the press conference facilities in the nearby hotel.” The company also installed directional signage, court floor branding, event and sponsor banners and dressing for the VIP areas.
French large-format print specialist Light Air recently undertook a massive print job for mountain-sports equipment manufacturer Rossignol.
The Lyon-based company produced wide-format graphics for the high-focus Rossignol Demo Tour, a multi-countryroadshow to allow skiers/snowboarders to test equipment. The focal pointwas a purpose-built ‘demo village’ comprising a series of inflatables, including two 36m2 and 20m2 tents, 3m-high totems and several huge arches marking the foot of ski runs - all adorned with event logos featuring in-built durability to withstand the outdoor weather conditions demanded of the six-month ski season. Additional promotional branding included a series of 6m-tall vertical flags and more than 30 support vehicles covered with self-adhesive vinyl graphics. A trio of HP large-format printers, including a HP Scitex LX600 running latex inks, was used to fulfill the order.
Icon’s joint venture operation in the UAE, Icon-Prolab, has won accolades from swimming organisation Fina, for its outstanding branding, signage and way-finding at the recent tenth Fina World Swimming Championship in Dubai.
With very limited time available to complete the project, the Icon-Prolab team worked closely with the local organising committee to fast-track the process and meet the tight deadlines.
Applied Media floor graphics were in much evidence at the Wimbledon Championships this year. The large format graphic panels were printed on a flatbed inkjet machine with flexible UV cure inks onto the polymeric base media. The printed graphics were then protected with a propriety laminate and incorporated crystalline aggregate.
For the third consecutive year the International Handball Federation (IHF) turned to Icon Middle East for the signage and branding at its 2013 SuperGlobe tournament held in Qatar.
Based on its own creative concepts, Icon supplied and fabricated a number of elements including the players accordion entry tunnel, 3D giant wall logos, both for interior and exterior fitting, a 3D floor graphic and telescopic towers. The latter, which are 2.10m high, were shipped from Icon UK and shed light over the VIP entrance.