Flashy water show cascades into Epic entertainment district in Grand Prairie
The EpicCentral entertainment district in Grand Prairie has added another element to its collection of attractions: Illuvia, a 10-minute experience featuring light installations, 60-foot water sprays, state-of-the art video projection, and an accompanying soundtrack for a one-of-a-kind experience.
According to a release, Illuvia made its debut in late June, part of a continued investment in the Epic destination by the city of Grand Prairie. The installation is presented three times a night, at 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm, and 10:30 pm, with each show different from the one before.
There are additional water shows during the day, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, and again at 5 pm.
It includes lights, water jets, and holographic-type projections of flowers and other images; a snapshot can be seen here.
The shows will continue to evolve seasonally with new features throughout the year.
A water display seems like a slam-dunk, given the presence of Epic Waters, an on-site waterpark. According to the city of Grand Prairie creative producer Zane King, Illuvia draws crowds up to 1,200 people to EpicCentral’s GrandLawn to watch the mesmerizing shows.
The installation was created by Outside the Lines (OTL), a design construction company that specializes in rockwork and water displays.
OTL is based in Anaheim, California, but has a regional office in Dallas, and has created a number of signature displays across DFW including:
- Texas Live! Their display at the Arlington entertainment complex has a fountain featuring 57 chaser jets over 25 feet in height, six vertical air cannons over 60 feet tall, six burst-effect air cannons, 200 color-changing lights, six dancing flame nozzles, and 70 fountain jets.
- Legacy West Plano mixed-use center features a fountain choreographed to music and light across three separate concrete basins, which are interconnected mechanically on one filtration and treatment system. The show uses nearly 52,000 gallons of water, 131 nozzles and 398 LED RGB lights capable of producing 2,000,000 colors each.
- Klyde Warren Park The Nancy Best Fountain at downtown Dallas' urban deck park is a powerful water feature with 106 arrays, 350 rose jets, three multi-axis robotic nozzles that can shoot 95 feet into the air, illuminated with 216 programmable color-changing LED lights.
But the Epic is the biggest and notably, most unique, says OTL spokesperson Sarah Shores.
"Every installation is unique but Epic Central stands out because it's situated in an existing lake that was already there," Shores says. "It also features a technology we have not previously used: a projection screen that projects those images you see, like beautiful red roses — that's something brand new."