On Saturday September 29, 2012 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, Markey's Rental & Staging partnered with the Indianapolis Zoo, Mayes Entertainment and Maribeth Smith & Associates to help inspire an audience of 1,000 influential guests at the Indianapolis Prize Gala, a biennial event of the Indianapolis Zoo that celebrates the work of leading animal conservationists across the globe. The Indianapolis Zoo sought a production for the Gala that would have significant visual impact to convey the magnitude of the work of the six Prize finalists - with the requirement that the set be unique and created specifically for this event. Markey's was enthused about this challenge, and immediately went to work.
Markey's designed a sophisticated set that comprised a diamond-shaped center stage with LED lighting on the steps and E-Z Fabric backdrop with the Indianapolis Prize logo screen-printed on it. This was flanked on both sides by 100' x 17' fabric screens, set on the diagonal. Markey's used a 4-projector blend via WATCHOUT, a fully digital, multi-screen display technology, and Christie HD10K-M DLP projectors to show the videos depicting each finalist's conservation work, the live image magnification, sponsor logos, and stunning background video as well. The set was an extremely dramatic way to depict all these elements.
More about the Indianapolis Prize
The Indianapolis Prize is the world's leading award for animal conservation, and is presented biennially. The Indianapolis Prize Gala is an exuberant celebration of the amazing men and women who dedicate their lives to animal conservation. The videos that are produced tell the stories of the finalists and their work in a compelling and impactful way and serves as an inspiration to others as well as a call to action. The winner of the Indianapolis Prize receives a $100,000 unrestricted cash award, the largest single award for animal species conservation in the world. The 2012 winner is polar bear expert and chief scientist for Polar Bears International, Steven A. Amstrup.
Indianapolis Star article and photos can be seen here.