Security preparations for the Uganda trip, where about
450,000 people attended papal events, required coordinating
e;orts among 12,800 o;cers from an array of departments and
geographical areas. Doing so required “e;ective deployment of
security personnel with accompanying logistics,” Ugandan police
spokesman Fred Enanga told ;e Observer in November.
With the United States’ election year well underway, many
political rallies need to be coordinated, often with very
little notice. Successful execution of these projects
requires meeting and making compromises with a
crucial stakeholder: city representatives.
“Our main goal might be to have the event in front of the state capitol, for
example,” says Greg Hale, a partner with the Markham Group, which produces
rallies. “Everything else is a give and take.”
Working closely with local o;cials ensures a safe event, says Mr. Hale, who
is based in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. ;is can involve poring over maps and
gathering local input to determine street closures and crowd ;ow, along with the
locations of points of entry and corner barricades—all with minimal impact on
residents. “We don’t want to gridlock the city,” Mr. Hale says.
Mass communications—radio and TV ads, along with press releases and emails to
supporters—keep the public well-informed about event access and interruptions. And
that helps maintain city support.
No project is ;awless, however—but when something doesn’t go according to plan,
that doesn’t mean it’s a problem. During a private concert that Ms. Hunt organized for a
San Francisco Giants corporate client, the sound suddenly went out. While sta; tried to
get the audio system working again, Ms. Hunt turned to social media to gauge the crowd’s
mood. Surprisingly, attendees were thrilled with the impromptu acoustic performance.
Although sound was restored, the event team decided the band should continue
playing unampli;ed for a time.
“;e ability to use real-time information is astounding,” Ms. Hunt says. “It
has a huge impact on how we manage events now.” —Molly Blake
The Indian government has undertaken
a tall order: constructing the world’s
tallest monument, a statue of national
independence leader Vallabhbhai Patel.
The INR30 billion project, slated to
be built on an island surrounded by
jungle in the western Indian state of
Gujarat, will be 597 feet (182 meters)
tall when completed in 2018.
The Statue of Unity will include internal elevators to deliver up to 12 million
visitors a year to an observation deck.
“It’s a statue that is a building, really,”
James Wisniewski of Michael Graves
Architecture & Design, part of
the project team, told The Wall
Project plans also include a
museum at the statue’s base,
a research center, a man-made lake, an underwater
aquarium, a hotel and
convention center, and
roads and railways to
reach the remote site.
While most of the
statue can be made in
India, the contractors
said its bronze plates
will be shipped in
Once built, the Patel
monument may not
hold onto its tallest title for long: The
Indian state of Maharashtra
is planning a monument
project to honor the Hindu
king Shivaji in Mumbai. Its
projected height? More than
620 feet (189
“The ability to
It has a huge
impact on how
Crowds at the San Francisco
Giants’ World Series
championship parade in 2014 in
San Francisco, California, USA