The giant head of an ancient Egyptian queen looms large in Sydney harbour, the centrepiece for this year’s Handa Opera on the harbour production of Aida.

The 18-metre-high bust of Nefertiti was brought to life by event construction company, Staging Rentals & Construction Services.

Designed by Mark Thompson, the team at Staging Rentals built the opera’s epic set piece over three months in the company’s Alexandria warehouse. As the centrepiece in Aida, a love story set in ancient Egypt, Nefertiti stands 18-metres tall, is roughly eight-metres wide, weighs over 15 tonnes and is made out of a combination of polystyrene, plywood and aluminium.

David Comer, managing director of Staging Rentals said that this is by far the most innovative and largest custom creation he and the team have done in their 25 year history.

“Aptly named a visually gorgeous spectacle, this centrepiece required a whole team effort; from our CAD designers through to our carpenters, welders, sculptors, painters, scenic artists and project managers. This project was nothing like we’ve ever done before and I couldn’t be prouder of the result.

“We’ve overcome a number of logistical challenges to deliver this fascinating feature that now looms large over the harbour. At its full height, it stood taller than our warehouse roof, so our team had to develop a unique build sequence specifically for this project.

“Made up of approximately 80 individual sections, the installation of the prop on-site was the first time we’d seen the finished product in all its glory,” Mr Comer, said.

The head of the Egyptian queen that now rests on a custom 10-metre revolve, also built by Staging Rentals, takes pride of place at Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point.

Fresh Catering has also created several food and beverage pop-ups across the venue, including the luxe Platinum Club that serves a sumptuous three-course, pre-show meal, ideal for hosting corporate clients.

The Handa Opera on Sydney harbour season kicked off last month and will run until  April 26, 2015.

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Aida on the harbour...

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Aida