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The show must go on for Canadian university

Vancouver-based commercial printer Still Creek Press recently linked up with the University of British Colombia (UBC) in Canada to produce graphics for a special series of live-streamed opera events.

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The virtual performances took place at the end of November

The UBC Opera programme puts on shows for the local community each year, but due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), these had to be cancelled for most of 2020.

However, UBC Opera decided to stage a number of virtual events, with students performing opera at the University's venue and show streamed live to audiences watching at home.

To help the performance look as authentic as possible for viewers, Still Creek Press produced floor graphics resembling a dirt road for the stage.

The company opted for Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 vinyl film for the project, and produced graphics covering an area of 70ft x 90ft. Nine rolls of the Drytac film were required to complete the project and the graphics were printed in four days/nights on a Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 large-format printer.

What would usually have taken a team of installers two days to install only took us five hours using Drytac SpotOn Floor 200.

Bruce Lee, wide-format manager at Still Creek Press, explains: “Essentially, we started with an empty stage. We were tasked with installing floor graphics that looked stunning and could be easily removed at the end of the performance.

“As stages are brightly lit, we also needed a material with a matte finish.

“One of the major reasons we used SpotOn Floor 200 over other conventional removable floor vinyl is how forgiving it is when applied. Another great feature is there was no need for an overlaminate as it has a built-in anti-slip surface.

“What would usually have taken a team of installers two days to install only took us five hours using Drytac SpotOn Floor 200.”

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