The flown set was 40 ft wide and 16 ft high. It comprised seven conjoined trapezoidal panels and was constructed by Hangman / Metalman from frosted polycarbonate material. It resembled a series of large Art Deco style glass mirrors with a milky-white finish. These were carefully edged in chrome to allow them to be joined together to form the overall backdrop and split into tour-able sections.
The idea was the panels could be lit from behind or projected on to from the front or the two different types of illumination could be merged and work together seamlessly.
To fit the video ? playback and IMAG - content to the panels precisely, Stembridge created some very detailed, millimetre accurate masking in the Catalyst .. so much so that it actually resembled rear projection at times and also bounced its own very unique quality of light back onto the stage.
Central to Stembridge?s aesthetic goal was wanting the projections to have their own mystique and sense of magic.