#ThrowbackThursday | Florian Wieder's Eurovision stage designs
Earlier this week the stage design for the 2020 edition of the Eurovision song contest was revealed. German stage designer Florian Wieder, who has designed numerous famous stages, such as MTV and X-Factor stages. Eurovision 2020 will certainly not the first time he has designed a Eurovision stage. Today we will be looking back on all Florian Wieder's previous Eurovision stage designs.
2011: Düsseldorf, Germany
Wieder made his Eurovision debut in 2011, designing the stage for the contest. The stage he designed for the Esprit Arena involved a small round main stage, with a path leading to a smaller platform and a 1080 square metre led wall behind it.
There was also another small round circle, the same as the main stage, directly above the stage, with lights shining through it and around the arena.
2012: Baku, Azerbaijan
In 2012, Wieder came back to the contest with his design for the stage in the Crystal Arena in Baku.
The design consisted of a big crystal shaped platform with several different led screen compartments behind it. Compared to his 2011 stage, it was a lot bigger and it was in more of a square shape, with both the stage and the back drop focusing more on angles, rather than being rounded.
2015: Vienna, Austria
After an absence of two years, Wieder once again made his comeback with a stunning stage design.
The stage in the Wiener Stadthalle consisted of a big round shaped stage surrounded by 1,288 freestanding cylindrical pillars, all of different lengths, forming the shape of a giant eye. All of this was in front of a big LED wall.
2017: Kiev, Ukraine
Eurovision 2017 took place in the Kiev International Exhibition Centre, and Florian Wieder had the honour of designing the stage again.
This time, the stage was a huge round platform, with two enormous arches on both sides, with projections on them. The led wall behind the stage was 1,000 square metres long!
2018: Lisbon, Portugal
Contrary to all previous stages, the stage in the Altice Arena in Lisbon, did not contain a led wall.
The stage consisted of a round stage surrounded by two giant rings and a runaway accessible by bridges on either side of the stage.
Behind it, there was a wall with 351 lights and 28 pairs of moving ribs ranging from 4.5 to 13.5 metres in height. Instead of using a LED wall, projectors were used to create effects.
2019: Tel-Aviv, Israel
The stage in Expo Tel-Aviv consisted of a diamond shaped stage, with a LED floor, consisting of two 25 metre long runways accessible by a bridge on either side of the stage.
The LED wall consisted of several movable screens, making a total of 432 square metres of led wall. Above the stage were a myriad of triangles that changed colour throughout the show.
In the mean time, while waiting to see the Eurovision 2020 stage in action, check out Clara and Stuart's
reaction to the stage!
What is your favourite stage design by Florian Wieder? What do you think of his upcoming Eurovision 2020 stage? Let us know in the comments down below!