Stage Designs

Pole Back

Mike Gerrells from Mission Hills in Littleton, CO brings us this great pole backdrop.

The design was a generic backdrop that could work for 3 months for weekend services and events that were happening this summer. They needed something simple but with a big look. Total cost for the boxes and pipe $150.00


5 – 8′ long x 12″ tall x 12″ deep boxes made out of 1/2 MDF with 3/4 plywood on the edge and center for support. On the top and bottom layer of the box they drilled 16 – 1 1/8″ holes to support the 3/4 white PVC pipe then painted the face and top black. Mike then cut the PVC to different lengths from 10′ to 5′ and put them in the holes in a random order.

Lighting Design

Rigging –
The V truss is a truss cube with 2 – 10′ and 1 – 5′ truss per side.

Moving Lights
10 – Chauvet R2 LED spots
3 – Chauvet R@ LED wash
4 – Elation 700 spots
10 – Elation Six par 200
1 – MDG atmosphere hazer
Controller is a MA dot 2

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24 responses to “Pole Back”

  1. Nick says:

    How did you light the PVC once it was installed in the box?

    • Mike Gerrells says:

      I used 6 LED pars to uplite at 45 degrees that gave me the solid color and then used 4 of the moving heads on the truss with a Dot gobo pattern to and movement and color to the pipes.

  2. Fitryati says:

    Can i have a clear pictures of how you paint and put the lighting to shine your pvc please? love it so much.
    My email address is

    Thank you

  3. C3Grant says:

    How much distance did you put between each pole?

  4. Jeff Poole says:

    Can you also share the design with me?

  5. Chris Comstock says:

    Could you send me the design also,

  6. kasey keller says:

    We just build one of these over the weekend and unfortunately drilled all the 1″ holes just like the instructions said before realizing that 3/4″ pipe is 1 1/16″ OD. For anyone trying to make these in the future i would recommend drilling a 1 1/8″ hole. To avoid having to enlarge all 128 holes after the fact!!! but other than that it turned out awesome.

  7. Colene Wiens says:

    We’re loving this design. Could I have it as well? Thank you so much!

  8. Jared Irish says:

    Could I also get the design as well? Thanks! It looks amazing

  9. Jordan says:


    Could I be sent the design as well? Also, where you possibly purchased all the lights? Thanks so much!

  10. Jason says:

    Did you do anything additional to keep the pipes straight?

    • Mike Gerrells says:

      I just rotated them so they would look straight to the audence. the top and bottom holes kept them pretty straight

  11. Pamela says:

    I love this! Could you please send me the design plans also? Thank you so much!

  12. Greg Harris says:

    Hello! This is so cool! Could you please send me the plans as well? gregharris AT thanks so much!

  13. Jesse Coonen says:

    Hi There, could you also send me the plans?

  14. Greg says:

    Could you please send me plans? is my address. Thank you!!!

  15. Tracy Crist says:

    Could i please have the design details. Love this.

  16. Karen Norris says:

    Great design! May I also have the plans please? Thanks!

  17. Marcus says:

    Super cool Design! Would it be possible to send me the design as well?

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