UFO Structure

CCS Consulting, in conjunction with Prolyte Products UK, have delivered the most epic of public lighting installations to mark the highly anticipated launch of the “Halo 4” Xbox 360 game.
Agency AKQA (acting on behalf of Microsoft/Xbox) commissioned Cinimod Studio to create this spectacular illuminated structure – based on the “Halo 4” Glyph symbol – which would be one of the largest and brightest man-made structures to ever fly over a capital city.
At over 3.2 tonnes, this was the largest man-made structure ever to fly across the capital city. Comprising a selection of proprietary products from the Prolyte range, the main truss structural frame was formed using a combination of S36R truss straights and custom formed corners. Bespoke aluminium cassette cladding frames that held the LEDs in place were custom built to create the Glyph shape, whilst standard fixed half couplers were employed to connect these to the main structure with compression struts. In its entirety, the structure measured some 15m in diameter, weighed over 3.2 tons and was illuminated by 20 KW of pure orange LED light. The system was designed and engineered so that the structure could operate under the extreme parameters imposed by being flown some 36m below a specialist helicopter.
Super fans and spectators were treated to an epic aeronautical show as the Glyph flew over the River Thames, on the eve of the game’s launch, past some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Dynamic effects wowed crowds as they enjoyed the spectacle of one of the largest lighting art performances ever flown under a helicopter.