On Friday the 27th of July 2012 over a billion people across the globe watched London in anticipation. Danny Boyle's opening ceremony marked the start of the London 2012 Olympics and was a feat of genius, outrageous imagination, hard work, technical and logistical excellence.
Speculation surrounded who would finish the long running torch relay bringing the flame into the stadium and at around 10pm all was revealed in a magnificent sequence on London's river Thames. Starting at Tower Bridge with a spectacular lighting and pyrotechnic display we saw sporting legend and British hero David Beckham reviled as the captain of the Blade runner speedboat.
ABD spent weeks working in secret across the UK doing lighting tests on and off land and retro fitting the Blade runner with 30+ lighting fixtures and 14 battery packs. The project marked a first for ABD as we closely worked with Transport for London and The Mayor of London Office to gain the permissions needed to light the River Thames and the historic Tower Bridge. All this work had to be kept secret and we are extremely proud to say we were part of this historic moment.