“Stage rigging and its impact on structural design always present interesting challenges for structural engineers. Going back as far as Leonardo da Vinci and the Court Masques of 15th-century Italy, stage rigging has played an important part in providing the visual effects of stage productions.” (cpn_admin (2014) Stage Rigging 101
The two basic uses of stage rigging are:
- to support shift stage scenery
- to support the stage-lighting system
Examples are stage curtains, heavier framed scenic pieces, and painted backdrops, which are raised and lowered by rigging systems.
To see how you rig a light, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5BUqba8fkw
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