Stage Designs

A Cross the Ground

Kim Saquing from Bay Hills Community Church in Richmond, CA brings us this dangling design.

This design was accomplished in a gym. They wanted to create a lot of texture for the lights to pick up. They bought large amounts of various textured fabric and shades of white to beige sheer, muslin, and burlap. After rolling it out on the floor, they cut it into various widths and lengths of strips then began creating textures by stapling layers on 1″x3″x60″ wood. Each wood panel had custom C clamps to hold it onto their pipe and drape. They then created “chandeliers” with 2 sizes of hula hoops covered in the same fabric and then with strips of fabric tied on. They also created a cross communion table that was custom made. They used various candles to decorate it and pillows from IKEA for kneeling.

They spent about $300 on fabric, $200 on the cross, and $300 on decor elements (candles, pillows).







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4 responses to “A Cross the Ground”

  1. Craig says:

    Thanks for this design of Cross On the Ground. It’s great! We meet for worship in a gym each Sunday so there’s lots of setup/breakdown. We need ideas for set designs that can be “mobile”. Please keep ’em coming!

  2. Blanton says:

    I’m guessing that this was probably addressed in the design but these kind of designs – tons of strips of softgoods + fire – can be a serious fire issue. There are ways to make them safe.

    My thoughts would be 1) use FR rated fabrics 2) keep candles far from softgoods 3) keep fire extinguishers in a handy place 4) designate one person as the “lookout” who keeps an eye out for dangerous situations like swinging softgoods, someone moving the candles, etc.

    I would like to hear from the original poster about what they did to make it safe.

  3. I think this is a terrific design and looks well beyond the humble investment made financially. Of course there was probably lots of labor involved – but once made the pieces can be reused.. We actually see this type of styling with some frequency in the rock and roll marketplace as well. It is amazing the way different shades of white can create a watercolor palette for the lighting – and in this case the texture and movement created with the strip design is very interesting.

  4. susan says:

    Very creative and different. I think it’s important to do things that the creative people in the audience are inspired by. I think it draws us to God. It’s certainly worth all the effort. Thanks for sharing. Great job!

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