Creating the setpiece

Trip Start May 10, 2003
Trip End May 26, 2003

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Thursday, May 15, 2003

To swim in a never ending sea of 1 x 1's and rattan, that is the set piece
designer's dream, or nightmare, depending on how you look at things.

While I was working at Entertainment Firework I learned we were going to be doing a 40 foot by 40 foot pyrotechnic setpiece for General Electric, and I was going to do the enlarging.

We started with a 1 inch logo off of their web page. And laid it out on a 5x8 foot grid.


The crew at Entertainment fireworks spent the third week in May constructing a 40 x
40 foot set piece of the GE logo that was viewed from atop the Grand Coulee
Dam, Sunday, May 25, 200

The construction crew at EFI made 40 - 5x8 foot frames and we laid half of them out on the floor in the warehouse at EFI.

I stapled the rattan to the frame with the frames together and them cut the rattan so we did not have to worry about the curved lines matching properly.

Hope everybody enjoys the pictures.

Jackie Whedbee

Larry Mattingly put the pins on the rattan and the bracing on the frames.







No matter how careful the logo was mapped out, and no matter how careful we were enlarging and putting on the rattan, pinning, lancing and fusing, the success of this magnificent set piece came down to the assembly of the 40, 5'x8' frames on the scaffolding by the hardworking pyrotechnicians that we cannot thank enough.
  High above the Grand Coulee Dam, the pyrotechnicians from the Spokane division of Entertainment
Fireworks, had attached, cross matched and wired in the electric match, to the massive structure. The designers crossed their fingers. the GE executives and photographers on hand held there breath, and the cameras stood ready for the moment when the GE set piece popped on like a dependable GE light

Photos Copyright 2008 Jackie Whedbee

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Jackie Whedbee
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