Skymagic has delivered a drone light show at this year’s Zurich Festival, performing across the weekend in front of over a million spectators.
The firm was invited by the country’s leading renewable energy provider, EWZ, to design and deliver a bespoke show, telling their story of a company at the forefront of sustainability who have powered the Festival since 1951.
Skymagic put on a synchronised swarm of 150 drones, which were launched directly from a floating pontoon in the middle of the lake that was custom built by the festival exclusively for the drone show.
The opening scene saw the iconic Zurich Festival lion let out a huge roar followed by a suite of bold and compelling formations, blending EWZ’s renewable message with playful touch points all synchronised to a driving, upbeat score.
The show was specifically designed with 3D formations, allowing the entire audience the opportunity to view the spectacular performance from every position around the lake.
Creative director of Skymagic, Patrick O’Mahony, commented: “This was a creatively ambitious and logistically complex project but a thoroughly enjoyable one too! EWZ and the Zurich Festival were very clear about what they wanted to achieve and the story they wanted us to help tell.”
Adding: “Using our proprietary 3D animation suite we designed choreography rich in colour and dynamic movement. Our in-house trajectory simulation software ensured we not only filled every inch of our large performance window with motifs up to 220m in width and 500ft above the lake, but also comprehensive safety analysis. Skymagic prides itself on creative excellence and seamless live delivery and the team surpassed themselves.”