Robe at La Alameda, Ecuador

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Robe ColorSpot 1200E AT moving lights have been specified and installed for an eye-catching new water fountain show at the famous La Alameda Park in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

The Park was originally built in 1596, and has recently re-opened following a complete renovation, underwritten by the Mayor of Quito's Rescue Fund.

Robe's Ecuadorian distributor Prisma, also based in Quito, worked with several other companies to supply the technology needed for La Alameda's new-look water park, which has now been revitalised with a waterscreen and nightly lightshow designed by Alberto Borja.

The screen is 12 metres wide and 6 metres high. Three 20 minute multimedia shows run every Friday and Saturday nights between 7 and 9 p.m., and the waterscreen is also used for special events. It has already proved a big hit with the public.

A central control room is located in the middle of the fountains with control for all the technical elements which include water pumps and valves, moving lights, strobes, laser, video projections, fog machines, etc.

Two lighting rooms are concealed behind the fountains below the general water level of the lake, with a window at water level allowing the light beams to punch through and hit the water jets. Five of the Robe ColorSpot 1200E ATs are located in each room and back project onto the screen.

Creatively, the 10 Robe fixtures are absolutely central to the show – they provide gobo projections, dramatic colouration and movement effects, and general excitement and eye-candy throughout the show. They were specifically chosen because of their flexibility and functionality, and the dynamic set of features available.

A Hog IPC console controls the lights, which was programmed by Javier Sanguano and is timecode triggered from the audio track.

La Alameda is also revered locally as the site of South America's oldest observatory – the Observatorio Astronómico – built between 1873 and 1887. It's a hugely popular weekend destination for everyone from athletes to families and tourists. The new waterscreen and lightshow is now also drawing in additional visitors.

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