V Squared Labs keeps doing some seriously amazing stuff, and I’m proud that they asked me to help them once again.
This time it was creating custom animations for a really special “reflection-mapping” stage for Krewella.
“V Squared Labs in collaboration with Stefano Novelli has created “The Volcano”, a custom crystalline stage production for Krewella’s upcoming “GET WET LIVE” tour. From pencil sketches and creative reference to architectural reality, bringing this project to life was an exciting and invigorating process.
The Volcano” is a 30ft x 18ft superstructure incorporating reflection-mapped faceted crystals. The crystals are built out of a combination of one-way and two-way mirrored acrylic and were specifically designed to create contained infinite reflections. Each crystal is equipped with LED video access and/or interior LED tape, creating complex volumetric reflection effects which visually morph the structure from within.
A central arc of faceted crystal clusters make up the base of the structure, grounding it to the stage like the base of a rocky volcano. LED panels peek out of this area like lava from within. At the apex of the structure are the performers, central to the entire design. Behind them an LED screen displays visuals and custom content while the corner crystalline pieces flanking them act as explosive fragments from the mountainous volcano of crystals below. Stage lighting is dispersed throughout to reinforce the form and composition, completing the dynamic design.
The entire stage is modular, designed to accommodate different configurations depending on venue size and capabilities.”