Arcadia Spectacular made its way to the shores of Australia thanks to Deloitte and the Event Agency. With an array of exhibits, this is one of those shows which falls into a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity.
I was invited to join the crew on the premier night for a private ‘Lords of Lightening’ Show. I can understand where they obtained the name from, because this event was spectacular. It was notably, only a hors d’oeuvres of what was yet to come in the next few days.
The robotic spider was placed perfectly in the center of Elizabeth Quay, a newly formed central feature of Perth City. Prior to the ‘Lords of Lightening’ Show, we were able to watch performers practice their moves while hanging from a piece of string from each spiders claw. Believe it or not, spiders actually have ‘bear claws’ which hold their prey. [a fact I didn’t know about until today!!]
We also watched spurts of fire being shot into the air which brought a sudden silence to the crowd hovering around to see more of the ‘Metalic Arachnid’. I could only imagine what the real show would be like and unfortunately knew that I would not be able to see the full performance. Needless to say, I was grateful to be part of the Premier and show kids how to make their own mini Spider Bots. [apparently a winner for kids at this event]
If you ever have the opportunity to see this event in your town, I will have to say it is well worth the investment. Who ever thought that someone could create a Giant Size Robotic Spider which can be transported in 8 shipping containers. The history behind this production is amazing where the concept of using recyclable industrial and military hardware to create a “ground breaking spectacular“.
Unfortunately for Australia there was only one show which was in Perth. And, according to Acardia Spectacular there are no future events listed yet. However, it is well worth your time to keep your ‘feelers out’ on when the next event will be held. You never know – it just may be in your own home town! 😉
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