IN PICS: Brilliant Stages builds a man
All the details behind the Take That tour centrepiece.
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Take That?s Progress Live 2011 Tour reunited its five original performers for the first time in over 15 years as they played to packed stadiums in the band?s biggest tour to date.
Central to much of the show?s action was the giant figure of ?OM?, a 20 metre high animated man, brought to ?life? as a primitive god-like figure during the on-stage action. In reality OM was designed and engineered by Brilliant Stages with the expert help of Mechanical Engineer Guru, Andy Edwards.
OM was first revealed to the audience as he slid out in a sitting position through the central performer stage which split in two to allow his entrance. Brilliant Stages created the dividing stage along with two band pods which rolled off-stage on tracks and were sited on hydraulic scissor lifts (two under each pod) to give them vertical movement.
As the show progressed, OM performed moves that including a sweeping motion of the arms, nodding the head, raising each of the singers in the palm of his hands, until eventually moving out in a recumbent position into the middle of the arena. As he did so, he carried the band members on each hand and on platforms located within the abdomen until he finally stood up to reveal his full height and spread his arms wide in a stunning final image.
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