When I first started to work on major events, I was astounded by the amount of planning that went into creating those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. And because they only happen once a year or more, everything must be near-perfection by the time the athletes arrive. When the spotlight shines on a particular event all the meetings, the scheduling, the last minute installations and frenzy of the organizing committee are tucked out-of-sight behind eye-popping banners, sponsor boards and flags so that it’s only when you peer through the porous vinyl (scrim) on the modular fence or pull back the curtains (pipe and drape) that you get a glimpse at the bustling operation that made it all possible.
This blog is for everyone whose life is defined, for a moment in time, by the countdown clock to Opening Ceremonies and who don’t have the luxury of trial and error, nor the time to research every aspect of every commodity. My hope is that over time these archives will be an invaluable source of information on everything overlay and that if it’s not here, a reader will ask the question and myself or a subscriber will be quick to respond. The idea is to save us all time and keep us up to date on the latest and greatest so that we can be closer to our goal of delivering the special events of our dreams.
So what is Overlay? A quick search online shows that this term can mean many things depending on the industry; in the event world especially it is defined differently depending on the organizational structure of the planning team. To provide a loose framework for this blog, I will define it as everything (walls, lights, furnishings, equipment, utilities, pageantry etc…) that is temporarily added to an existing facility or site in order to turn it into an event venue.
Every week I’ll address a different overlay-related topic. I’ll be trying new things and looking for answers so join the discussion to comment on my thoughts or add some of your own. If you’re a supplier and would like to send me product samples, catalogue links or specifications that I can feature, I welcome them all so contact me.