Stage Designs

Mystery Patterns

Michael Koontz from Trinity Fellowship Church in Pampa, TX brings us these mysterious patterned, glowing boxes.

Their youth group got inspired by the Awake stage design. They used eight sheets of 4mm Coroplast (4’x8′ for $18 each).

They designed each upright column to be 2 feet wide, 1 foot deep, and 8 feet long. They scored each sheet on one side so they would easily fold. Since the foam board was only 4 feet wide and they needed 6 feet, they cut foam board 2 feet wide to cover all the backs. They spray painted the backs black and lined the inside of them with aluminum foil.

They also added end caps to each of the columns and lined those with aluminum foil as well. The foil helped evenly distribute the light throughout the whole column.

They used 2 inch, 3 inch, and 4 inch gaffers tape to tape designs onto the Coroplast. Then they hung them.

The two light bars in the lower center of the stage were 1 1/2ft tall and 1ft deep and 8 foot long, using an entire sheet of 4’x8′ Coroplast each. Those also were lined with foil on the ground and up against the back wall. They also put a divider completely lined with foil in between them to keep the right half and the left half independently lit with no light leaking out.

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11 responses to “Mystery Patterns”

  1. KW says:

    What type of lights were used and how was each box hung?

  2. Michael says:

    We used LED par64’s and just lowered the lights into the top of each column. All of the columns were up against the back wall of the stage except the one on the edge stage left. The ones up against the wall were hung using industrial strength velcro. It was very easy to measure the exact height and to keep the columns level. As for the one on the far left, it’s suspended in midair and was hung using 80lb test fishing line. Thanks for your interest in the design! Your questions are more than welcome!

  3. William Owens says:

    Does the entire par light sit inside the box? Did you use something to keep the light from leaking around the par?

  4. Michael says:

    The tip of the par64 is flush with the top of each column, so they’re not inside the columns at all. And no, we did not use anything to keep the light from leaking around the par. There is very minimal light that leaks out of the top of the columns so we didn’t worry about that. If you’d like me to e-mail you more specific and detailed pictures just send me a message at Thanks!

  5. kevin says:

    i have been looking for sheets of coroplast everywhere. Where did you find them for $18 each? Thanks

    • Michael says:

      We found the 4’x8′ sheets from a local distributer. Usually local sign companies will have this product in bulk and sell them for cheap *also known as corrugated plastic sheets*.
      Unfortunately there is not a corporate company that sells these for cheap, so just check around in your area.

  6. Clint says:

    After cutting the chloroplast and assembling, how did you connect the edges? zip ties or velcro possibly?

    • Michael says:

      When we cut the coroplast to form the sides of the columns, we only scored them and did not actually cut all the way through the coroplast. The scoring technique leaves one side still intact and the edges all remained connected together without the use of zip ties, velcro, or tape.

  7. Eric Spann says:

    really cool! i love the idea! (Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright?) Nice!

  8. Brandon Daughtry says:

    Here is a good website for all things corrugated plastic.

  9. Edgardo says:

    Can you give us some pictures of the preparatiom

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