When Machu Picchu was founded in the 15th-century by the Incas it was a completely unique town. The buildings were located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level, situated on a narrow mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. The city was abandoned a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Often Machu Picchu is referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, and it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.
Although known locally, it was only brought to international attention in 1911, by the American historian Hiram Bingham. The 100th anniversary of this momentous event was recently celebrated – with a grandMA2 ultra-light used to control lighting.
Gian Franco Di Vitto was the lighting designer. Andres Cuadros, who was the equipment consultant, said of the grandMA2: “The reliability and versatility offered by the console was the key in the development of the programming of the show.”
The data transmission to the 40 x Vari*Lite VL3500 Washes, 20 x Vari*Lite VL3000 Spots, 20 x Atomic 3000 strobes and 2 x Strong Super Trouper 2K follow spots was facilitated by a Wireless Solution system, consisting of 2 x F-1 G4 Transmitter/Receivers. A WholeHog III was used to control the conventional lights.
Martin Tolentino worked as programmer, and the equipment was supplied by Red Power Peru.