Stage Designs

Ripple Wall

Joshua Hoegh from First Baptist Church of Elgin in Elgin, IL brings us this aluminum screen stage design.

From Joshua: At First Baptist, it’s kind of become a habit for us to create new & exciting stage designs as often as we can. But this past year it got to a point where our volunteers were burning out, and the “constant” change of our stage design was resulting in an increasing “lack of impact” with each new design.

So I made the executive decision that, starting this year, we would scale back our efforts and focus on 2 or 3 significant designs. The time spans in between those larger, grander designs (anwhere from 1 to 3 months) would give us an opportunity to create more “neutral” and (for lack of a better word) “generic” designs.

This was the first of those efforts. We created this design utilizing aluminum screening and strategic lighting (much like the designs submitted by Roadway Alliance Church – – and The Rock Church – We had previously incorporated this design element on a smaller scale – creating mobile, 4’X7′ panels to be moved around the stage – but I wanted that effect on a larger scale.

The challenge we faced was that our existing wall is painted white (ok – it’s “off white”). We are also limited in what we can do to the wall (in terms of nails, screws, etc). Because the aluminum screen effect only truly POPS on a black background, we decided to build our own wall, which we secured against (not “onto”) the existing wall.

We were then able to paint our “faux wall” black and let the screening & lights do the rest of the work. I’m incredibly pleased with this design, as it does a great job of creating an engaging, inviting space, while still being “neutral” enough to allow us to move from series to series without pulling or distracting from whatever theme we are focusing on at any point.

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5 responses to “Ripple Wall”

  1. Shaun Dudley says:

    WOW!! Great work you all! And thanks for the nod : ) We at Roadway decided that we were only going to to two or three sets a year as well. Gives us time to plan and breathe as well. Like how you used the screen for your building. Really sets off the screens! We are planning a short break on our screens to allow usage of the baptismal at the end of Oct. plus gives us time to prepare for christmas! keep up the good work!

  2. Craig T. says:

    Question – does the light cast on the screening cause you any trouble on your video screens?

    • Jeremy says:

      If you look at the pictures closely you will see they incorporated a black flash panel at the bottom of the screens to prevent light from the bars hitting the screens. Really well executed!

  3. Chris says:

    What did you build the faux wall out of?

  4. Stephen says:

    This really looks wonderful. What is the measurement of a single wall you build with the three panels of screening?

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