The architect was a Long term essential collaborator with U2 on their live shows (ZooTv, Popmart,360)
Posted 26 June 2013 - 09:14 AM
Very sad news indeed. Robbie Williams actually mentioned it last night in Glasgow as Mark had also been the architect on his solo stage productions. Actually met him in Gatwick en-route to the Turin 360 gig in Aug 2010 and he seemed a thoroughly decent guy who will be a huge loss to both the music business and the wider entertainment industry.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 04:34 PM
my prayers are with Mark's family and friends.
His vision of stage design was awesome. We have been honoured as U2 fans to have had some of the most amazing stages come to life under his imagination, hard work and dedication to his craft. The impossible was made possible, and the joy those creations brought to us many is his legacy.
Vale Mark Fisher.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:45 PM
U2 Manager Paul McGuinness on Mark Fisher
U2 manager Paul McGuinness had a long and fruitful relationship with late, great architect/set designer Mark Fisher, who passed away on Tuesday (June 25) and was invovled with every U2 tour since 1991. Here’s his thoughts on Fisher's "genius."
“I had known Mark in a previous life. Before I managed U2, back in 1973 I worked on a movie called "Zardoz,” made in Ireland by the director John Boorman. It’s kind of a cult movie now, sci-fi, Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling were in it. In those days, Mark Fisher was a student at the Architectural Association in London. He and a couple of other kind of hippies from the Architectural Association worked on that movie building inflatable buildings -- it was set in the future. I always thought [the Rolling Stones tours] was where they developed the technology, and John Boorman must have heard about it and brought them in. That was the first time I met him, and then some years later he cropped up in rock ‘n roll. We started working with him in 1991 and he was involved in every production since then.”
On U2 360: “What happened with that production, we only played football stadiums, and we increased the capacity of those stadiums around the world by abut 20%. Unfortunately, because we sold out all those shows, in every city we played, the authorities – the transportation, the highway people, the cops – they never took it quite seriously. We told them, ‘This is not just another sold out rock ‘n roll event, it’s not the same as a sports event in that stadium. It’s 20% more people, you have to be ready for that.’ And they hardly ever were, there were a lot of delays around the world on that tour."
“Mark was really a genius, that was the key to it. He was an architect with an extraordinary imagination. Some rock ‘n roll production people are very set in their ways, the band or the artist comes to them with an idea, ‘How can you execute it?’ Some [set designers], I’m afraid, say, ‘Oh, you can’t do that, that’s never been done before.’ But Mark was never like that. He turned everyone’s wild ideas into steel and lumber and canvas reality. He built extraordinary things for us.”
Posted 28 June 2013 - 11:55 PM
He was the senior designer for the Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony (closing ceremony as well)---which is and will always be mind blowing., brilliant genius.
The video footage for the ceremonies can be found on youtube
Rest in Peace
Edited by xtraspicy62, 29 June 2013 - 12:34 AM.
Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:23 PM
ROLLING STONES STAGE lighting supremo Patrick Woodroffe and U2/Pink Floyd set designer Willie Williams have expressed their sadness at the death of Mark Fisher, the man who revolutionized their craft with his designs for the Stones' 1989 Steel Wheels jaunt.
"It's certainly the end of an era," Williams told MOJO, "and in ways we haven't yet even begun to appreciate yet. I'll be honest – I've found myself thinking over the past few days about, 'What happens now?'"
Described by Mick Jagger as the man who instigated the "Star Wars" arms-race era of rock'n'roll spectacle, Fisher was an architect by training and used his engineering knowledge to rethink stage presentations from the ground up.
"He had this combination of courage and expertise," said Woodroffe. "He had this enormous imagination, but everything he proposed was possible. You know, anyone can take an envelope and draw a picture of a pyramid, and say it's 200ft high, but it doesn't mean anything unless you can actually build it."
Fisher designed or co-designed sets for Pink Floyd's 1980 The Wall tour, the Stones' Steel Wheels, Bridges To Babylon and A Bigger Bang, and U2's groundbreaking ZooTV, PopMart and 360° tours. Other Fisher projects included Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball and 2000's Millennium Dome show with Peter Gabriel. Fisher died in his sleep at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, London, on June 25, but was working on Robbie Williams' current show right up to the end.
"I remember attending a presentation with him once which was utterly rejected," Williams fondly recalled. "Whatever we proposed was just a no, not even a retrievable no, just a no. After we came out someone said to us, 'You must be so disappointed, after all that work you put in.' And Mark said, 'No, you don't understand – I just like designing things.' Mark just loved the process."
The list of Fisher's unique achievements as a rock designer includes the "zoomorphic cladding" of U2's 360° tour "Claw" canopy and the monster low-res LED screens of the group's legendarily eye-boggling PopMart shows.
"In scale of engineering, U2's 360° is obviously the crowning glory," said Williams. "We called it the Beijing Olympics of rock. But even though it's the pinnacle of something it's also the end of a journey, because nobody in their right mind is going to attempt something on that scale again. But PopMart was the pivotal moment. We were interested in LED technology and Mark had come back from Japan having seen blue LED in production at a reasonable cost, and with red and green already existing he realized we could now produce video. He postulated from scratch the idea of this massive low-resolution video screen that could fill one end of the stadium. At the time it was science fiction."
Fisher worked closely with musicians to match their thinking with visual effects, and enjoyed a fruitful symbiosis with the Stones. But a 25-year creative relationship is now at an end.
"The Stones were all very upset," said Patrick Woodroffe, "particularly Charlie. Charlie did at lot of work on the shows with Mark, Mick and myself and had very much the same sensibilities as Mark. Mark was a quiet, gentle person."
Clients and colleagues are agreed that, with the waning of rock'n'roll's imperial phase, we may not see Fisher's like again.
"I always thought of Mark as this explorer, a 19th century explorer," concluded Woodroffe. "You'd see him on some foreign field, striding along with his panama hat and his sketchbook, looking to change the world on behalf of England and the rock business, and he did."
Posted 04 July 2013 - 02:03 PM
Thanks for posting all of this!!! And I'm so glad to hearing from Willie after a while although it is for a sad reason.
Edited by tan_lejos_tan_cerca, 04 July 2013 - 02:04 PM.
Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:14 AM
Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:56 AM
It's just hard to believe that one minute you see them and next their gone