For many people, the most memorable part of a Fourth of July celebration is the spectacular Houston fireworks displays that light up the evening sky with brilliant colors. The whistling of the bottle rockets is the anticipatory signal that something visually spectacular is about to happen and all eyes are raised to see what phenomenal display of pyrotechnics ensues.
Today, exciting pyrotechnics are no longer reserved for national holidays. Critical advances in pyrotechnology allow highly-trained, artistic and creative professionals to design pyrotechnic displays that are small enough to enchant wedding guests and large enough to bring an entire stadium of sports fans to their feet with a roar. Without a doubt, modern pyrotechnics is a new art form requiring an entirely unique type of artist.
Using everything from fog, bubble and confetti machines to lighting systems that rival the Aurora Borealis, these talented artists’ sole goal is to provide an unforgettable visual and aural experience augmented by pyrotechnic glory. In most cases, the result is almost beyond the average person’s imagination.
Surprisingly, weddings have become a popular venue for pyrotechnic displays. In a reception hall with subdued lighting, tabletop sparklers reflecting off the dinnerware and silverware are almost ethereal. With the perimeter of the dance floor graced with strategically placed sparklers, the effect is mesmerizing, elegant and unforgettable.
If a bit more flash is to a client’s taste, a skilled pyrotechnic artist can create eye-popping effects like combinations of Houston fireworks and flame effects enhanced with sound and music – all choreographed and timed to the second to engage as many of the human senses as possible. It can be an unbelievable and visceral experience.
For musical or theatrical stage performances, the quality of the special effects has an enormous influence on the audience’s final perception of the show. Again, timing is essential, but so is the proper selection of pyrotechnics and other effects. As exciting as a huge and sparkling roman candle can be during a rock concert, too much of that exciting visual will detract from the musicians’ performances. Real pros know the value of restraint.
Outdoor events give a good pyrotechnic professional the entire sky to use as a canvas as well as the tents or other structures that are part of the overall experience. Outdoor aerials are always a favorite with guests and the more inventive, the better. For corporate events, a pyrotechnic logo or monogram is an exciting event closer that will firmly anchor the entire event and its message in the minds of the attendees.
All of this talent, creativity and pyrotechnical expertise are found at premier event production companies that feature pyrotechnics and traditional Houston fireworks among their event production services. Since pyrotechnics obviously has an emphasis on the “pyro”, most pyrotechnic services require state licensing, which includes specific training and testing for a Pyrotechnic Operator. Training involves direct experience working with a licensed professional for a specified amount of time.
Convention services companies offering pyrotechnics and flame effects will have licensed operators, excellent general liability insurance and can demonstrate a stellar safety record. The safety record is a very important facet of any company offering pyrotechnic services. A pyrotechnic display at an event will be the wrong kind of “memorable” if the main feature is an explosion and a fire.
As dramatic as pyrotechnic displays are, a premier event production company will also offer more well-known event services such as audio visual equipment rental, large screen monitors, state-of-the-art sound systems and event design consultation.
Pyrotechnic displays can be the stuff of imaginations, and with modern technology these displays are likely to become more common at all types of events.