Venice, Calif. -- Famed four-time Emmy Award-winning designer Jeremy Railton and his partners at Entertainment Design Corporation (EDC) announce the debut of their latest creation, “Crane Dance” starring the world’s largest animatronic figures in a dazzling spectacle at the $4.9 billion Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore on December 25, 2010.
Imagine two massive steel 10-story Eiffel Tower-like structures, weighing hundreds upon hundreds of tons, suddenly lifting themselves out of their concrete embedded foundations and beginning a swirling, graceful dance. These unprecedented mechanical marvels then proceed to spread their majestic wings and mimic each other’s movements in a seamless ballet for which their real-life namesakes are renowned.
“The sheer enormity of this installation is truly amazing, even to me’, says Railton who has staged Olympic opening ceremonies, live extravaganzas for the likes of Cher and created the two largest digital screens in the world. “To see these fabulous birds transform with LED imaging, music, lighting and water effects is really thrilling and combined with our story of how the power of love can infuse life into inanimate objects, we’ll be sharing something really special with the world.”
Years in development, the Cranes weigh 500 tons and are anything but “bird-brained.” An ultra-sophisticated motion control system, similar to ones used for Japanese bullet trains or the most high tech automotive assembly plants, enables the Cranes to gracefully dance with each other and engage in a beautiful mating dance ritual, like real cranes in the wild. Utilizing specially designed digital technology for eyes, the birds blink, squint and react to each other’s movement with character and personality.
The Cranes reside on a glittering man-made island and are powered by four giant diesel engines, generating nearly 5000 horsepower—the equivalent of four speeding locomotives.
Railton says their wings are particularly dramatic. Two giant water systems attached to the back of the cranes, spray thousands of liters of sea water, one-hundred and twenty meters in either direction in a colorful and theatrical wing simulation, creating the impression that the Cranes are flapping their giant wings.
Instead of being fed worms, the stomachs of the giant birds are filled with literally miles of electrical cables to integrate all the special effects.
Beginning December 25, visitors to Resorts World Sentosa will enjoy this free nightly show at the Waterfront, the strip where the sea hugs the 121-acre resort.