Mark Fisher (architect)

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Mark Fisher
Born 20 April 1947
Warwickshire, England
Died 25 June 2013(2013-06-25) (aged 66)
Hampstead, England
Alma mater Architectural Association School of Architecture
Practice Stufish
Buildings U2 360° 'The Claw'
Projects
  • Pink Floyd 'The Wall'
  • The Rolling Stones 'Steel Wheels'
  • Madonna 'MDNA Tour'
  • Beijing 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony
  • Elton John "Million Dollar Piano"

Mark Fisher, OBE, MVO, RDI (20 April 1947 – 25 June 2013) was a British architect best known for his rock music stage sets. He was born in Warwickshire, England.

Fisher graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA School) in London in 1971.[1][2] He was a Unit Master at the AA School from 1973 to 1977.[3] In 1984 he set up the Fisher Park Partnership with Jonathan Park.[4] The partnership was dissolved in 1994 when he established Stufish, the Mark Fisher Studio.[5]

Stage sets[edit]

Mark Fisher was architect for numerous rock music stages including the famous U2 "Claw" (2009)

Fisher designed stage sets for Pink Floyd (including ‘The Wall’ performed live 1980 (with Roger Waters and Gerald Scarfe)[6][7] and 'The Division Bell' 1994),[8] for The Rolling Stones (including Steel Wheels 1989,[9] Voodoo Lounge 1994,[10] Bridges to Babylon 1997,[11][12] and A Bigger Bang 2005),[13] Mylène Farmer (Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy in 2006,[14] 2009 Tour[15] and Timeless in 2013[16]), Tina Turner[17] and U2 (including ZooTV 1992,[18] PopMart 1997[19] and 360° 2009[20]), and for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert,[21] Madonna's 2012 MDNA Tour.[22] and Lady Gaga's 2012 Born This Way Ball.In 2000 he created the Millennium Dome Show[23][24] with Peter Gabriel. He has designed opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics (Torino 2006[25] and Beijing 2008[26]),"The Million Dollar Piano" for Elton John and the Asian Games (2010 Asian Games[27]), and stage sets for theatrical shows including We Will Rock You[28] and both [29][30] and Viva Elvis[31] by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. He designed the stage sets for Laura Pausini's Inedito World Tour. Fisher also designed Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour stage. The stage consisted of a large medieval castle that moves throughout the concert.

Fisher died in his sleep on 25 June 2013 at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, UK,[32] leaving an estate, before taxes, of more than £7 million.[33] His design for Elton John's Diving Board Tour debuted posthumously.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Experimental Architecture / Peter Cook. pp 63–64, Studio Vista, 1970
  2. ^ Pneumatic Architecture / Thomas Herzog. pp 56,134, Crosby Lockwood Staples, 1977, Translated from 'Pneumatische Architektur' 1976 by Verlag Gerd Hatje, Stuttgart
  3. ^ AA Projects Reviews 1973–1977
  4. ^ Rock Sets: the astonishing art of rock concert design: the works of Fisher Park / Sutherland Lyall. London: Thames and Hudson, 1992
  5. ^ "Mark Fisher – Total Production". Tpimagazine.com. 3 February 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  6. ^ British Architecture / Andreas Papadakis. pp 94–107, Architectural Design Publications, 1982
  7. ^ Comfortably Numb: A History of ‘The Wall’, Pink Floyd 1978–1981 / Vernon Fitch & Richard Mahon, PFA Publishing, 2006
  8. ^ Mobile Buhnen = Mobile Stages – Dirk Meyhofer, pp108-113, AVEdition GmbH Stuttgart 1999 ISBN 3-929638-24
  9. ^ Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture/ Jennifer Seigal. pp 78–89, Princeton Architectural Press, 2002
  10. ^ Techno Textiles / Braddock & Mahoney. pp 151–152, Thames & Hudson, 1998
  11. ^ Mark Fisher: Staged Architecture / Eric Holding. Chichester: Wiley-Academy, 2000
  12. ^ Mobile Buhnen = Mobile Stages – Dirk Meyhofer, pp118-125, AVEdition GmbH Stuttgart 1999 ISBN 3-929638-24
  13. ^ Portable Architecture, Design and Technology, Robert Kronenburg, 2008, Birkhäuser
  14. ^ http://www.mylene.net/mylene/mylene-farmer_concerts_avant-que-l-ombre-a-bercy_equipe.php
  15. ^ http://mylene.net/mylene/mylene-farmer_concerts_en-tournee-2009_equipe.php
  16. ^ http://www.mylene.net/modules/index.php?r=734
  17. ^ "Tina Turner: North American Tour – Total Production". Tpimagazine.com. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  18. ^ Houses in Motion / Robert Kronenburg. pp 91–93, Academy Editions, 1995, ISBN 1-85490-395-0
  19. ^ U2 Show / Diana Scrimgeour. Orion, 2004
  20. ^ "First Night: U2, Camp Nou, Barcelona – Reviews, Music". The Independent. UK. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Sir Paul McCartney to play Queen Diamond Jubilee gig". BBC News. BBC. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  22. ^ "Mad-Eyes - MDNA Tour Details". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  23. ^ New Architecture 4 – British Architecture into the Millennium (January 2000), pp. 88–103, Papadakis ISBN 1-901-92-28 3
  24. ^ "Gabion: Mark Fisher and the Dome : Activating the Rogers Big Top 1/2". Hughpearman.com. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Piemonte Pressway, e-news 14". Regione.piemonte.it. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  26. ^ "Behind the 29th Olympic Opening Ceremony". china.org.cn. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  27. ^ Official Program, Key Members of Core Creative Team, Chief Designer
  28. ^ "Home – Welcome to the Official Website". We Will Rock You. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  29. ^ fisher.aspx[dead link]
  30. ^ "Gabion: The remarkable Mark Fisher and his $180m Las Vegas theatre for Cirque du Soleil". Hughpearman.com. 23 January 2005. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  31. ^ "Meet the creators of Viva Elvis | Viva ELVIS". Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  32. ^ "We are sad to announce" (Press release). Stufish. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  33. ^ World Entertainment News Network (23 January 2014). "Late Pink Floyd set designer leaves $11 million fortune". StarPulse Online. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  34. ^ http://www.eltonjohn.com/news/news_details.aspx?postid=c7c2d5b8-5521-4429-8808-5e62e4a63847&yr=2013

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