With only 119 days until the first semi-final of Eurovision 2015, we know you guys are dreaming of the contest. Well this morning host broadcaster ORF has made the picture a bit clearer by revealing the very first photos of the Eurovision 2015 stage.
First photos of the Eurovision stage (ORF)
“The vision for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is the bridge from the past to the present and the future,” says ORF’s TV Director Kathrin Zechner. “The eye is a symbol of this bridge – a mutual respect between cultures, countries and people.”
As ever, the stage is backed up by some pretty impressive figures. It will have 1,288 individual pillars, stretch for 44 metres, and rise 14.3 metres high. It will be up to 22 metres in depth (giving potential acts plenty of space to churn their butter and backing vocalists plenty of space to hide). The LED pillars will create a variety of lighting effects, as will the stage floor, which will have a diametre of 11 meters. In the background, there will be a 22-m-wide LED wall that will rise 8.5 metres. Basically, don’t drop your disco ball or you might shatter a very expensive LED something.
When I first saw the stage one word came to mind: EYE. It’s rather appropriate, right? We’re watching the ESC stars, but we’re also watching Austria build its bridges. Not only that, but it also reminds me of a fish. Let’s hope everything goes swimmingly.
It wasn’t easy dreaming this up. Kurt Pongratz, the head of the Eurovision Song Contest directing team, is steering the conceptual design, implementation, and visual staging of the shows. “For each director it is an enormous challenge to help shape the largest television entertainment event in the world,” he said in ORF’s official announcement. “Florian Wieder and Al Gurdon are among the best in their genre, and I am very pleased that they are in my lead team. Our common aim is to present the 200 million viewers a quasi spectacular and charming Song Contest from the music capital of Vienna.”
Well done Florian Wieder, Al Gurdon and Kurt Pongratz. Florian, you’ve created yet another great Eurovision stage.
Photo Credit: ORF/Thomas Ramstorfer