Stage Designs

Throwback: String Theory

Denny Weinman from Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land, TX brings us this beautiful string sculpture.

The idea for this stage came from the work of a string artist. The artist used a lot of colored threading. He wanted something a little more plain he could bounce light off of and change mood and intensity of during worship. So he bought a 250 feet of cotton string from Home Depot (probably about 35-40 rolls). Then he bought 64 ft of 1x2x8′s and about 400 small/medium eye hooks. Total material cost: $160.

This stage design takes time. This piece took Denny about 4 days total from start to finish. Denny suggests you try different patterns with your base structure. He picked V’s because it worked well with their stage, but it could easily be other shapes and structures. Also note, the 1x2x8s are flimsy and will bend with the pressure and potentially break.

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10 responses to “Throwback: String Theory”

  1. Aaron Springer says:

    this is awesome! Total creativity! Love it!

  2. Jennifer Wilson says:

    Totally blown away by this. It’s awesome!

  3. Adam Hann says:

    Dang! That is sick! Great job on that idea and the patience to pull it off!

  4. bill p says:

    Wow! That is perfect for the worship setting. Love to borrow that idea!

  5. Thanks guys!

    It was a blast to put together and was more of a sculpture project than a stage design! If anyone has any questions let me know, I think this thing is totally scalable for most situations on the stage or off of it!

  6. Rebecca West says:

    what lights were used to illuminate the string?

  7. We used american DJ ParLED64s. They’re decent little lights for the price of $200 a pop but they’re not video record safe at all. There are also a couple american DJ Power Wash 250’s cross shooting the bottom for a little more punch.

  8. Nate says:

    This is incredible! How did you make this? For example, what kind of string was used? How did you create the twist? What are you using to hold it in place?

  9. We are preparing to embark upon a string art project for our stage. I am curious about the hours it took to complete this project. Did you build it in one location and then move it on to the stage? How many people did you use to weave the strings? Any other insights you can give that will help us successfully complete this project would be helpful. Thank you!

  10. Jason Pierce says:

    I built this one, but I did it horizontally. You can order bigger spools of the string from Amazon (2 rolls of about 14,000 feet were about $28). I used scrap wood that was laying around the church. The total project cost me less than $50, but it will take several days to string it.

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