Part 4: Suspense & Success
I cannot begin to describe the intensity of the anxiety we felt the next day on Dec. 23rd when I arrived to inaugurate the logo on first power up. Considering the huge time investment in making this, the many points and chance of failure, and the fact that we had one shot and no going back, the plugging in and powering for the first time was a pivotal action, a historical moment that would make or break the project. If it failed, there would be no ripping up the rink, no repairs or going back, no bragging rights, no impressing the girls, and nothing but a miserable story of failure.
On the other hand, if it worked the Leger rink would be the talk of the town, it would attract players, it would be a defining moment at least in my career, and it would make 2015 a year to remember. Who knows, it may even lead to more elaborate active lighting projects down the road!
Unseal plug behind boards… plug in power brick… attach color controller… complete circuit… pulls out remote… lights… camera… power… EHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! (this is so Canadian…)
But the whole thing is white, complete success is not yet certain.
Clicks red on the remote… *RED AND BLUE!!!*
Clicks fade… *EVERY COLOR IMAGINABLE!!!*
Here we are, 8 or so real Canadians, outside in the dark, in the cold, jumping up and down over a flashing sheet of ice with an image that means so much to those who know it, and celebrating with Little Ceasars Hot & Ready Pizza! All our worries were in vain and the effort paid off, get ready for a fabulous hockey season! Come and check it out: Monk Park, Avenue Versailles, Pierrefonds, QC, Canada.