- The Voodoo Music and Art Festival is a 3-day festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, taking place under the City Park’s old Oak trees and has been host to over 450 of some of the most recognized artists in the industry.
Adding to the distinctive setting is the Eco-Shipping Container Lounge, a concept both unique and eco friendly. Created as a temporary structure to house the VIP lounge and to establish a border from the public area, the Container Lounge function as concession stand for both the public and VIP areas while boasting a remarkable viewing platform.
The challenge was to create something inspiring, prefabricated with quick assembly on site, incorporating the originality of the art installations yet unifying the natural surrounds of the City Park. Something more than the usual scaffold structure with its vinyl banner façade. A secondary challenge was to design a structure from widely available resources that could double in function, become festival inventory yet surpass being a temporary construction while developing into a focal point that coexisted with main stage performances.
The use of 40’ long shipping containers was novel and held endless design potential by stacking the containers to create the grandstand and VIP lounge with two illuminated bars in its two upper containers, chandeliered out nine feet on each side to create two balconies in close proximity to the Main Stage and elegant club seating in the four bottom lounge containers. Two set of stairs and a 10’ ADA lift was leading up to the top deck. A enhancing detail was each container was perforated with silhouette cutouts to spell the word “VOODOO,” which acted as branding while affording different vantage points and attractive service area openings as well. The beauty was the openings themselves became the signage; no additional materials or energy was needed to create banners, posters or digital billboards.
Adding color changeable LEDS to backlit the cutouts of the silver shining containers produced a variety of dramatic visual aesthetics allowing the lighting effects to sync up with artist performances to either intensify or reduce lighting, the Container Structure became a part of the performance. 16 Chauvet Colorado 1 fixtures were used to illuminate the interior ground container lounges with its club seating. The stage sides were lit with 18 Colorado’s and programmed to fade with color schemes. A purple wash was accomplished over the top deck using 16 PAR 64 fixtures; visual interest added by using ten Martin MAC 250 fixtures. An Avolites Pearl Expert controlled all fixtures.
The LOA lounge became a place to view live performances by as Ozzy Osborne, Muse, My Morning Jacket, KISS and Lenny Kravitz and served venue of choice for the Jane’s Addiction DVD because of the shots featuring the glowing Eco Lounge Containers.