Stemming from the firm’s experience creating one-of-a-kind theatre productions, a Clear Story event transforms familiar spaces into unique environments through a combination of set construction, atmospheric lighting and dynamic projection that works with the architectural context.
Whether working from the blank canvas of empty industrial space or within the delicate confines of a botanical garden, Clear Story has been behind several of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated and talked about events including:
Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts: The Rubber Duck, 2013
As part of our work as Production Managers for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts in 2013, Clear Story was responsible for all aspects of Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck project, as it made its first appearance in the United States on Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Providing detail-oriented Artistic Production Management services to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, our work on the Rubber Duck included all advance planning and site selection, vendor selection and coordination, permitting and approvals from various authorities, technical logistics, launch choreography, and exhibition oversight. Clear Story even tested the newly-fabricated Rubber Duck on land (in a secret location) three weeks before the launch without detection or leaks to or from the media! Simply put, Clear Story’s task was to figure out all of the details of displaying the 40’ inflatable duck safely on the rivers of Pittsburgh and execute the project to the satisfaction of the artist, the client, and our audience.
Link to the Artist web site description of the project.
Link to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust explanation of the project.
A time laps of the Duck Installation.
Warhol Gala, 2014
Clear Story worked closely with a team from the Andy Warhol Museum to design, plan, and produce the museum’s 20th Anniversary Gala in May of 2014. Clear Story responsibilities included the site layout and logistics, staging and production design, and custom video content creation for the event.
A Link to the article about the event in NY Times.
The Sprout Fund’s Hothouse, 2007
Since 2007, Clear Story has led production and lighting
design for Hothouse, a summertime fundraiser and benefit party hosted by The
Sprout Fund, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization. Hosting up to 3,000 people
annually, Hothouse featured multiple music and performance stages, tents, booths
and other temporary structures housing food & drink vendors, as well as
custom-built lighting and projection systems throughout the party’s interior
Each year, Clear Story collaborated closely with Event Architect Thommy Conroy and The Sprout Fund’s executive staff to source and identify unique transitional development spaces that provide a blank canvas upon which an event like Hothouse could be built.
As the firm responsible for all on-site logistics, electrical and lighting systems, set construction and installation, and technology integration, Clear Story worked with property owners and city officials to develop efficient and effective load-in plans, acquire necessary permits and operating licenses. Clear Story also coordinated personnel management of technical crews, design teams, and a small army of event volunteers all working multiple daily shifts over the course of a few weeks to make Hothouse happen.
Consistently ranked one of Pittsburgh’s best parties, Hothouse exemplifies Clear Story’s collaborative approach to event production and project management, as well as the firm’s creativity and resourcefulness when designing and producing unique visual and spatial experiences in challenging environments.
Phipp’s Conservatory Chihuly Gala - Gardens & Glass, 2007
Clear Story was commissioned by The Event Group to customize the special events space at Phipp's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for Chihuly Gala - Gardens & Glass in 2007. This event featured an exclusive reception with the renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly. Clear Story created an abstract video installation that expressed the elemental qualities and handmade approach to the glass-making process. To reflect the rich colors inherent in the artist's work - and to simply reduce the intensity of the prevailing daylight during the early evening event - Clear Story designed and installed a temporary installation of ultra-saturated color film on the windows of the space. This playful and dramatic gesture transformed the space, and the colors combined to create a radiant hue that enveloped the crowd.