Inside U2's Behemoth 74-Ton 360° LED Concert Screen

Love them or hate them, there's no denying U2 has a knack for bending light to its will. Their latest creation is no different. At 74 tons, it's an epic, morphing LED centerpiece for an already technology-heavy concert tour.


Based on a Hoberman Sphere, the criss-crossed network of aluminum, 25km of cables, and 888 LED screens is comprised of more than 1 million different pieces and 500,000 RGB pixels. When fully expanded, the seven-story shape swallows up the band with more than 3,800 square feet of space. It is assembled in a mere eight hours, and will be on tour with the band for 18 months.

The real kudos goes to the design team however, which consists of Willie Williams, Mark Fisher, Frederic Opsomer, and Chuck Hoberman (concept); and the folks at Innovative Design, Barco and Hoberman Associates.

Those large pylons in the larger pic are part of "the Claw," which holds the structure up during the performance. Larger still, and only partially seen in the image, is Bono's ego, whose immense size remains immeasurable. [Live Design via Lucept]


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