ShowTex is a worldwide leader in inventing, manufacturing and installing innovative flame retardant fabrics, tracks and motion control systems for achieving the creative vision of theatre, event and entertainment professionals.
For the closing ceremony of the first European Olympic Games ShowTex was commissioned to create and install a huge custom-made laser-cut stage curtain for the Baku Ateshgah or "Fire Temple", a castle-like religious temple in Surakhani, a suburb of greater Baku, Azerbaijan.
The “Fire Temple” created by WIcreations was an impressive eight meter high structure hidden in a stage floor with video and flames on top of it, decorated all around with ultra-detailed laser-cut fabrics in Molton CS and Bannerdrape Print by ShowTex.
The temple was hidden during the beginning of the ceremony and raising it was definitely a challenging job. Especially with a 2.600 kg video “roof” covering the structure. Four winches, one on each corner, were used to lift the heavy construction. From an “in” height of only 1 m, the winches extended smoothly up to 8 m while gradually unfolding the large-scale and visually seamless laser-cut fabrics.