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Weekends with Adele 

Exploding piano scenic prop

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It's always a privilege being involved in high profile projects and knowing that our work will be seen by thousands of people, so we were delighted to be asked to be a part of Adele's Las Vegas Residency.

Project Breakdown 

Artem were asked to create an 'exploding' grand piano to be featured in Adele's show at her five-month residency in Las Vegas.

Throughout the show multiple pianos are featured with different effects, and Artem’s task was to create the exploding piano that features during the song ‘Rolling in the Deep’. The piano itself had be able to lift the pianist off the ground, whilst the body and lid are slowly broken apart in a slow motion effect.

The piano shell was built around a heavy-duty steel core which was activated by a hydraulic ram built into the base. The stool was fixed to the piano so the whole structure raised off the ground with the pianist still playing, up to 4ft off the ground!

The remaining piano parts were mounted off the steel core, and the lid shards were hydraulically actuated.

The build took three months to complete, as well as a few of our amazing technicians flying over to Las Vegas to help install the piano in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

The base plinth

The piano lid shards

Building the exterior shell

The steel core

Testing the piano

Stage rehearsals

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Adele's residency has been extended to November 2023 with a documentary and a concert film in the making!

Cover image credit @adele social media accounts

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