Throughout the month of January 2014, passengers arriving on flights at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) should have their cameras ready for a record-breaking photo-op.
The roof of the iconic venue, the Forum, has been turned into the world’s largest vinyl album, an enormous tribute to the biggest band to ever come out of Southern California, the Eagles.
The band’s mega-hit Hotel California, at more than 121 metres across, will be spinning on top of the venue all month, including the Eagles’ six concerts kicking off the opening celebration of the venue (January 15, 17, 18, 22, 24 and 25, 2014).
Since New Year’s Day, visitors on the 1,700-plus daily flights to the nation’s third busiest airport have seen the massive record, as the Forum in Inglewood is directly under the arrival flight path.
From concept to completion in just 45 days, here’s what it took to build the largest vinyl record.
· 23,225 square metres of printed vinyl (or nearly 4½ football fields)
· 22,680 kilograms of materials
· 20,000 total man-hours to design and build
· 15,000 LEDs for lighting
· 1-1/2 metres of aluminum truss
· 5,000 nuts and bolts
· 75 crew members working every day through the Christmas holiday
· 13 engineers required to complete approved drawings
· 10 semi trailers needed to deliver all materials
· Built in just 10 days
· More than 121 metres in diameter
· Spins at 27 kilometres per hour
· Wind resistant (up to 128 kilometres per hour)
· Clearly seen by hundreds of thousands of arriving passengers at LAX
· Visible from more than 1.6-kilometres high
The Forum venue, which is in the final stages of a $100-million renovation, will reopen on January 15 with the Eagles’ “History of the Eagles” tour performances. For more information, visit the band’s website at eaglesband.com.
For information on flights from YVR to LAX, visit yvr.ca.