We were SO excited about an event that took place this past Saturday in Huntsville, Alabama. Southern Accents created a one-of-a-kind stage design for “NASA on the Square!” Downtown Huntsville, Inc. partnered with Marshall Space Flight Center for an event that celebrated the amazing past, present and future programs and missions of NASA. This event took place on the Square in Downtown Huntsville on Saturday, June 21st, from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm. The festivities, designed for all ages, included live music, food, free activities, chats with astronauts, and more.
In recent years, Southern Accents has been involved in the design and construction of several stages and sets. Our biggest projects to date have been Billy Reid’s set for 2013 Fashion Week in New York City as well as our work the past two years at Southern Makers. After the huge success of the first Southern Makers event, Southern Accents signed on for round two as one of the SM event curators and set designers. Coming off a second successful Southern Makers festival, we were approached about collaborating with NASA and GMC for this exciting event. Southern Accents was asked to design and construct the stage that was used by Marshall Center researchers, scientists and other team members as they presented short talks about their work. There was also live bands performing on the stage throughout the day. Agreeing to take on this project was an easy decision. Garlan stated, “Flying to the moon in a space rocket is a childhood dream of most young boys. The chance to be involved with the Marshall Space Flight Center for this celebration is an honor and an opportunity we knew we could have a lot of fun with!”
The Tintin rocket was the inspiration for the stage setup at “NASA on the Square” in Huntsville, Alabama.
When sketching out design ideas for the stage, the obvious theme was a rocket. Andrea Jean of GMC was inspired by the Tintin rocket from the comic book series. Playing off of that idea, we incorporated a salvaged carnival ride rocket in our set design!
Huntsville has been home to the Marshall Center for more than 50 years! As always, we are proud of our Alabama connection and honored to have participated in this celebration.
This salvaged carnival rocket will be incorporated into the stage design. Thanks to the Tanner House in Nolensville, Tennessee for finding this great prop!
Southern Accents team members worked hard all week constructing this unique set. The stage was located on the east side of the square. After arriving Saturday morning we had to tweak the set up just a bit to accommodate the band equipment but in the end we think the finished stage resulted in the coolest corner on the square!
The antique carnival rocket was perfect for this stage setup! It definitely received a lot of attention throughout the day.
Our antique carnival wheel created a very cool backdrop for the drummers! This piece was added to our stage “by request.”
This backdrop to the left side of the stage was created with salvaged windows backed with old corrugated tin, mimicking the look of the steel test stands that are currently under construction at Marshall Space Flight Center.
We used salvaged industrial molds and gas heater masks to create interest along the stage side.
Four bands took the stage throughout the day to entertain the crowd!
Thanks to the SA team for all their hard work in turning this vision into reality! Also thanks to Andrea Jean from GMC who is always a pleasure to work with!
Southern Accents is a great resource for event planners and coordinaters who are looking for something different and unique. If you have an upcoming event that requires the construction of an entrance or stage, please come talk to us and let us show you how we can help.
If you live within driving distance of our showroom and are simply looking for props for an upcoming wedding or event, we can help out there as well! We have a great selection of architectural pieces available for rent! You can reach us toll free at 877 737-0554 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Lisa Jones
Photographs by: Lisa Jones