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Philadelphia International Festival - Kinetic Tree Sculpture

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McLaren has completed overhead rigging of a Kinetic Tree sculpture for use during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts this month. From the base 54 simplified branches, constructed from timber, are suspended and move both vertically and radially from the tree trunk through the use of an intricate overhead cable grid. The construction of the cable grid required temporary structural assemblies to be erected on top of 3 buildings.

Bill Gorlin Receives Above & Beyond Award

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Congratulations to McLaren's Vice President and Entertainment Division Chief, Bill Gorlin, on achieving his 2016 ESTA Above & Beyond Award for his work as chair of the Task Group that wrote a new North American standard for performer flying!

Click here to read more about ESTA Above & Beyond Award winners.

New ESTA Standards Approved and Published

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McLaren is honored to have contributed to the development of the first technical standard in North America for performer flying systems, which was recently approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)! McLaren's very own Bill Gorlin, Vice President of Entertainment, was the chair of the task group from the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) Rigging Working Group who developed this standard.

Disney Clock Tower in Shanghai China

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McLaren was retained by the Hudson Scenic Studio, Inc., a scenic fabrication and automation company, to review and analyze all mechanical and structural components of a 60 feet tall Glockenspiel-Style Clock Tower. The Shanghai Disney Store is the largest Disney retail location in the world and the first Disney Store to have an outdoor plaza and clock tower.

Keeping Fashion Week Safe

Over the last few weeks, McLaren has been providing structural engineering support all over New York City for Fashion Week 2016. McLaren’s Entertainment Division has been hard at work reviewing tent structures, rigging installations, and seating risers at multiple locations throughout the city; to support shows for many designers including Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, and Marc Jacobs.