Wow, what a great year! We want to sincerely thank all of our customers that helped make 2014 awesome. From large-runs to just plain large, we had the privilege of working with hundreds of the world’s biggest brands on some pretty darn cool projects.
But before we get too deep into 2015, we’d like to take a look back at a handful of our most epic projects from the past year. So sit back, sip that leftover champagne and get inspired as you scroll through our Top 10 Epic Projects of 2014.
No. 10 — SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL (CHICAGO, IL)
The Spring Awakening took place last year in June at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. One of the country’s most epic EDM (electronic dance music) festivals, this 3-day event naturally had some seriously eye-catching stage decorations.
Bass drop? More like drop EVERYTHING. This was an all-hands-on-deck project, as the entire display (over 200 mesh triangles and rectangles) was produced in a mere 24 hours!
No. 9 — DEW TOUR (OCEAN CITY, MD)
With the Dew Tour, there are multiple cities involved every year, which gives it an action-packed, “traveling circus” feel. The big, bold sponsorship signage is designed to withstand extreme elements and was strategically placed for visibility in action shots.
We installed the truss infrastructure, coverings, sponsor banners, and decals for the Dew Tour skate park. For the slopes, we printed flags, fence scrim, and created aluminum cutouts for the top of the truss structures. BannerScroll banners and stands were used in the event displays, and larger-than-life checks were presented to winning athletes.
No. 8 — UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
Our Décor department completed a project for Notre Dame that involved installation of digitally-printed wallpaper overlaid with dimensional lettering. An elegant design brought together several long runs of high-resolution photographs, which showed scenes of student life throughout the various seasons on campus.
No. 7 — CABI / THE SCOOP FASHION EVENT (DENVER, CO)
At the semi-annual CAbi fashion show, we brought large format prints to every corner of the event. From larger-than-life decals to multimedia displays, we helped build excitement and reinforce the CAbi brand throughout the venue.
The spectacular glass entrances to the Convention Center were wrapped with oversized fashion photos and colorful messaging which was printed on adhesive decal material.
Huge vinyl banners (some as large as 50’ H x 25’ W) were suspended within the cavernous spaces inside the hall, introducing this three-day event in a truly epic way.
No. 6 — EASTERN FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE (MELBOURNE, FL)
Earlier this year, administrative staff at the college contacted us to set the wheels in motion to explore rebranding opportunities at each campus. Britten’s branding specialists visited in early fall and surveyed high visibility areas which would create the most impact.
We then prepared a proposal with original artwork and visual renderings, which were in turn refined in a collaborative process with the administration.
Between semesters, a crew from Britten Services was deployed with the complete set of banners and hardware systems and headed down to Florida. Over a period of two weeks, each campus was installed with the new graphics. The feedback from students was extremely positive!
Now, with Britten’s display systems, seasonal messaging, special events and sport schedules can all be updated quickly and easily on campus.
No. 5 — XXII OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES (SOCHI, RUSSIA)
Last winter, the world celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity in Sochi, and Russia’s 51 billion dollar investment showed to the world the most expensive and elaborate Olympic Games ever conceived.
The opening ceremony, titled “Dreams of Russia” (Сны о России), featured a character named Lyubov (Russian for ‘love’) who flew into the air as she dreamed of grabbing the tail of a kite. We produced a series of huge scenic landscapes (some as large as 20’ H x 50’ W), which passed beneath her as she floated far above the stage.
No. 4 — WRIGLEY FIELD (CHICAGO, IL)
2014 was a very special year for the Chicago Cubs, who are celebrating one hundred years of baseball being played at Wrigley Field. As part of their “Celebration of the Century” campaign, the Cubs adorned the grandstands next to the iconic red marquee with a paneled banners reading 1914 at left, and 2014 at right.
Also shown above, a series of concrete decals were installed to show the ballpark on Opening Day and other memorable moments over the years.
No. 3 — NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW (DETROIT, MI)
Britten Services was on hand to install this massive banner (189’ H x 137’ W) which was printed on several sections of wind permeable AdMesh™ material. Installed on the Crowne Plaza Hotel facing the Cobo Center, the giant building wrap welcomed guests to the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit.
No. 2 — TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE / 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT
For half a century, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has been overseeing and protecting wildlife habitat in the state of Texas. To help celebrate their anniversary, we helped bring the outdoors inside with an interactive event design.
The use of props integrated into displays with live models and spectacular 3D backdrops left attendances feeling as if they were engaged in activities such as fishing, duck hunting, canoeing, camping or mountain biking, etc.
No. 1 — MIAMI DOLPHINS FIN FEST
Early last fall, we unveiled two totally new and interactive creations for the Miami Dolphins’ season-long, pre-game Fin Fest.
The first is a fleet of ‘Fin Carts’ — 12-foot tall, mobile carts in the shape of fins — that feature powerful music systems, PAs, and a t-shirt cannon. The second big creation is a 25-foot long totally custom foosball table that accommodates up to 50 players. We had a blast with this project and loved how everything turned out.
Chock-full of innovation and grand-scale awesomeness, this project was the very definition of epic. Check out the behind the scenes photos here!