In 2012 photographer Stéphan Denys closely covered the sound and light system installation on the Eiffel Tower, especially the assembly and suspension of the "Queen of the Night." This nighttime work site, supervised by the rigging company Magnum, created a unique atmosphere around the Eiffel Tower.
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The theme for the fireworks show is official. Spectators will dance to disco music for the July 14 celebration. The artistic creation for the pyrotechnic show was the fruit of Jean-Eric Ougier's imagination, the master pyrotechnician for Fêtes et Feux, "We are going to put on a fireworks show to match disco's intense and continuous rhythm. Disco music is liberating and fun, it makes your body want to move!" The sound and light systems for the Eiffel Tower were designed and assembled by Magnum.
A large-scale work site
Magnum is accustomed to large-scale rigging jobs for major events. However, this site was truly out of the ordinary, "This was a real challenge for our team, especially for those working on the Ethersound fiber-optic network for the sound system and Artnet for the lighting. 20 amplifiers were spread out along the Champs de Mars, in Trocadero, and on the Eiffel Tower itself… More than 2 kilometers of cable, and almost 150 hours to set up a network worthy of the event…"
The shining moment for the entire installation was hoisting the disco ball to its place of honor between the first and second levels of the Eiffel Tower.
The giant ball weighs more than 4 metric tons, is 7.5 meters in diameter, and is covered in thousands of mirrored facets that glitter in the powerful spot lights as the ball rotates.
"The Queen of the Eiffel Tower"
The mirror ball, built entirely by Magnum, is a work by artist Michel de Broin and bears the name "La Maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel" (The Queen of the Eiffel Tower). It was originally designed and built in 2009 for the "Nuits Blanches" (Endless Nights) event hosted in the Luxembourg Gardens. Magnum built this entire work or art; making the interior frame, the spherical panels, the mirrors, and motor took more than 1000 hours. The company also had to figure out how to pack the giant object into two semis for transport.
Petzl provides support to the night shift team
For this type of event, installation often occurs at night. Magnum's teams were able to test the new high-power ULTRA VARIO headlamp. A group of rope technicians were also equipped with PIXA headlamps.
For the occasion photographer Stéphan Denys followed each team through the night, and has provided a portfolio of photos that retrace installing "The Queen of the Eiffel Tower" from start to finish. A way to thank all of the technicians, rope and night-shift workers without whom this type of unique event would not be possible.
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