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MGG lights up Johannesburg

MGG lights up Johannesburg

MGG lights up Johannesburg

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During the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa, MGG has quickly adapted to the new environment, becoming an “essential service” provider by offering a virtual studio for broadcasting and streaming. Other activities have included assembling information noticeboards, developing a clever hands-free door opener and producing essential PPE kit such as masks. Most recently, the company has just replicated a version of the South African flag using 214 lighting fixtures, predominantly Robe, at the company’s premises in Johannesburg.

“I wanted to shine our lights in solidarity for South Africa, and I wanted to reach out to Robe and the other various #TogetherWeAreStronger and #LightTheSky projects,” MGG’s Mark Gaylard explained. “Also, I wanted to highlight the plight of the thousands of freelancers in our industry, many of whom are reliant on food vouchers provided by the #FeedOurCrew initiative.”

Kevin Rieck, head of drafting at MGG, was asked to draw the South African flag which would be outlined in the extensive car park area. “We had previously split our staff into teams to minimise risk and properly social distance,” said Rieck, “and so we had to rely on all departments this time to do the setup.”

General manager Denzil Smith and operations manager Rianda Van Burick measured out the flag shape using tape and the lighting fixtures were then deployed within the design. The Robe elements included 24 LEDWash 1200s, 32 LEDWash 600s, 16 Spiiders, 22 Tetra2s, 14 BMFL Blades, 10 Pointes, 25 LEDBeam 100s and 24 MegaPointes. A pitch-black sky provided the perfect canvas to replicate the flag which comprises a mix of black, gold, green, white, chilli red and blue.

“With so many lights, we didn’t have enough power in the building and had to use two generators,” explained Gaylard. The team was delighted to be together again whilst observing the safety regulations like social distancing, temperature checks and mask-wearing. “Everyone had butterflies – there was great excitement and it was wonderful to get together to do what we do best and miss so much,” he furthered.

A strict curfew meant there was little time to get everything set up and put back in boxes within 12 hours. “South Africa has the coolest flag in the world and as a country we really are all in this together,” Gaylard concluded. “I’m hoping that we will inspire corporate organisations to come up with projects and ideas during this time and that they’ll turn to our industry to help them create and share a message of hope.”

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