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COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The Commonwealth Games is a sporting event staged between the elite athletes of countries from the 54 members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Held every four years it includes, as well as many Olympic sports, others that are played mainly in Commonwealth countries, for example, lawn bowls, rugby sevens and netball.

Attracting the top athletes it is regarded as a world-class competition, second only to the Olympic Games, and commonly referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’.

THE BRIEF

The client needed 66 banners of various sizes and colours. These would be used by a troupe of dancers to perform a choreographed dance routine in the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

CONSIDERATIONS

Material needed to have good tensile strength, be very light in weight, aesthetically pleasing to the eye and flow easily for a series of origami-type dance movements.

SOLUTION

Cestrian conducted strength tests on various materials. The outcome of these tests was that FR Ripstop would be the best solution. As an extra precaution, and to provide additional opacity, it was decided that the banners would be produced in 3 layers to diminish any risk of the material ripping during the performance. The layers consisted of 2 printed pieces, for the top and the bottom, and an unprinted layer in between. These were then sewn together using a double stitch.

Colour coded grab handles were added to ensure that the dancers were able to react at speed when passing the banners to other performers.

A number of banners were delivered to Glasgow, ahead of the event, so that the dancers could rehearse beforehand; the remainder were then shipped direct to Delhi.

OUTCOME

The solution provided the following benefits:

  • Maximum impact
  • Lightweight solution
  • Fire rated
  • Excellent tensile strength
  • Health and safety compliant
  • Within budget

TECHNOLOGY

The final outcome was achieved using a Mimaki 320 Textile Printer with a maximum size of 3m x 50m and resolution up to 1080dpi capable of printing 60sqm per hour.

Various colours were banner printed onto Polyester Ripstop suitable for a range of applications that include retail graphics, theatrical backdrops, flags, banners, soft signage and PoP.

CLIENT COMMENTS

“We were exceptionally happy with the results and received positive press and media coverage from around the world.”

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