Arbor Day = RigSafe Day

Can you tell at a glance whether your stage equipment is in safe working condition?  Do you regularly maintain your equipment?  Are all your operators trained in the proper handling of the equipment?

Ensure safety, reduce your liability risk, and protect your investment by scheduling an annual stage rigging inspection. This is not only a smart preventive measure, but also an OSHA requirement in most states.  iWeiss will send an experienced professional to test and inspect your stage equipment including the fire curtain, and prepare a written evaluation. Hazardous conditions and equipment problems will be identified before they result in system failure or injury.

Get you rigging inspected and always #RigSafe.   Use our handy online inspection form and email it over to get a quote today.

Spring is Previewing!

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We are always excited about Spring!  The weather is fine and the new shows are opening.
It is great to see so many of the exciting new shows on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

 

Get out and see a show today!  

 

Check out our Pinterest Page for links to these shows and all things iWeiss.

 

Raising the Dauntless

iWeiss has completed another Airplane Rigging project with Century Aviation of East Wenatchee WA.

Project ManagIMG_7106er Russ Dusek worked with Century Aviation owner Mark Smith on the planning and engineering for the rigging of restored Sikorsky HRS-2 and UH-34D helicopters, along with a WW II SBD Dauntless hung – overhead in a dive attitude -for the expansion of the National Marine Corps Museum in Virginia.

For the Dauntless the factory installed lift points were designed for hoisting the aircraft onto a ship so the challenge here was to engineer new points to support the dive attitude required by the museum. Working with Mike Rolfs of Pacific Engineering, Russ & Mark designed and fabricated new attachment points that would provide the necessary strength for a “dive hang” without compromising the integrity or appearance of the 6,000 lb. aircraft -guts removed. As the plane had to be flown over an existing floor exhibit, once engineered load tests were performed we employed chain hoists to lift and laterally move the plane and place it into the desired bank and attitude. Once approved, permanent rigging cables were installed and the hoists removed.

The 8,000lb UH-34D Helicopter was mounted in a 9 degree nose down position on steel stands built by Century. As overhead lifting was not possible due to a Jet display, we employed a 12,000 lb capacity tele-handler to lift the copter from its main rotor head with a second lift at the tail wheel to achieve final attitude on the stands.

iWeiss continues its relationship with Century Aviation later this year with the installation of an F/A-18A Hornet in a newly constructed section of the museum.

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Fredericksburg.com

Warbirds News

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National Sawdust and iWeiss

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Photo Credit: Floto Warner

“Massive” black and white velour drapery surround Brooklyn’s music venue, National Sawdust, creating an “acoustic envelope”.   We built and installed a line-shaft for lighting positions and all of the drapery is hanging on iWeiss curtain track and attached by custom brackets into the solid concrete shell.

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Press Links:

Gothamist

NY Times

Wired UK

WQXR

Village Voice

 

 

 

 

Mylar Art Curtains

Mylar Rain Curtains provide color and shimmer with their natural movement and add an inexpensive highlight to your production or event.

Our Mylar rain curtains are custom made using a multitude of colors and styles, but we can tell you we have never seen Mylar rain curtains used like this!  

For more information on these Art Curtains, check out our portfolio.

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iWeiss Works at Writers Theatre

WritersWorking with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander,  Studio/Gang Architects, and W.E. O’Neil Construction Company,  we installed new rigging systems and drapery for Writers Theatre at their new facility in Glencoe Illinois.

In the Nichols Theatre, which is an intimate thrust space, we installed 18 counterweight line sets, dead hung line sets, stage drapery and a custom fall restraint system throughout the catwalks above the stage and house. The new walls of the Nichols Theatre where constructed from the bricks salvaged from the Women’s Library Club of Glencoethat previously stood on the site.  To allow for the mounting of lighting equipment, custom engineered wall brackets were installed that consist of a socket and an insert for the pipe battens throughout the space on an as needed basis. When not in use, the brackets are virtually invisible.

The Gillian Theatre is a black box space that includes a pipe grid and a wall mounted unistrut system that will be used in conjunction with movable wall panels that can be used to reconfigure the layout of the space.

Additionally, we provided lighting positions, curtain tracks and drapery in the Rehearsal Room and new sheer drapery in the Donor-VIP room.

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