The U2 360 Stage: 888 LED Screens and a 164 Foot "Claw"

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The U2 360 Stage: 888 LED Screens and a 164 Foot "Claw"

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Design, u2360, stage

Last Saturday I saw U2 for the first time Denver's Invesco Stadium at Mile High. The 360 Tour is a telling title, as the show is staged in the round. The entire stadium filled to the brim, save for a few small sections with equipment, and the stage centerpiece, nicknamed "The Claw," was unlike anything I'd ever experienced before. The stage design includes a 60-ton, 888-screen, 500,000 pixel LED video unit that expands to seven stories tall, suspended from the central 164 foot Claw structure.

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The screen which takes 120 trucks to haul and eight days to set up, was created by Hoberman Associates, the masterminds behind the infinitely entertaining collapsable Hoberman Sphere found in science center and museum shops around the world. Hoberman teamed up with Innovative Designs and Barco to bring the massive screen to life. See the videos below for information from the creators, time lapse and more.

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Design, u2360, stage

Construction of the screen by Barco:

An interview with creators Willie Williams, Mark Fisher, Chuck Hoberman, Carl Rijsbrack:

Time lapse of stage construction:

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You can see a video with some of the Denver performance here, which includes some construction time lapse, views of the truck fleet and performance clips.

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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