Did you know that Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns in 1816? Today, we take light for granted but imagine what a tremendous impact that had on city life in the nineteenth century. The only way we ever experience the lack of comforting light is when power is temporarily out and our streets are plunged into darkness. Light is a magical thing that enriches us both physically and spiritually. Fast forward two hundred plus years and Light City Baltimore harnessed that magic and transformed the city with world class light displays and sculptures, video projections on buildings, music, interactive technologies and thought provoking conferences exploring how we can become a more responsible – enlightened – and equitable society. Overall, Light City Baltimore created a unique experience for families, residents and visitors from March 28 through April 3, 2016 and it exceeded expectations with 400,000 attendees.
An event of this size calls for a great deal of collaboration from the artists, the community, local government and businesses. It also requires a small army of dedicated workers to keep everything running smoothly and on time. This is where modular solutions can truly be a behind-the-scenes hero.
Because of Williams Scotsman’s local presence in the area, the Baltimore Office of Promotions and the Arts reached out to us for their modular needs during Light City’s illuminating downtown presence. A month before delivery one of our account executives attended a logistics meeting at the Baltimore City Police HQ to ensure all participants were on the same page. Within a few short weeks, two mobile offices, four container offices and five storage containers were delivered to Rash Field, a strategic location in the city’s Inner Harbor, to add that necessary operating space that helped make Light City Baltimore a success. In addition to that space, we also furnished five of the units with our basic furniture package (one less call for the event committee to make) and added on steps and security screens to keep everything safe and secure.
Whether it’s for a city wide festival, the biggest ballgame (involving feet or bases), concerts, races, or tournaments, mobile and flexible temporary units are among an organizer’s best friends. Modular solutions can quickly move right into an event’s epicenter – and neatly pull away when all of the hoopla is in the history books. No muss. No fuss.
To view a time lapse video and more photos of Light City Baltimore: http://bsun.md/1q6RWi3