Sad news to share today: Mark Fisher, a longtime U2 associate going back to the Zoo TV concert tour, has died.
Fisher was the owner of Stufish Architecture and was involved in designing and building the stages that U2 has used on every tour since 1992 -- from Zoo TV through PopMart, Elevation, Vertigo and the one-of-a-kind design of the 360 tour's "Claw" stage. It was his and his team's job to take the ideas dreamed up by U2 and Willie Williams and turn them into a realistic stage set that could be taken around the world. In addition to his work with U2, Fisher also collaborated with the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga and many other touring artists. He also did the stages for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
At this point, we don't know the cause of death. We learned about Fisher's passing via the below tweet from Steve Averill:
The world has lost an innovative architect and stage designer. R.I.P. Mark Fisher— Stephen Averill (@StephenRapid) June 26, 2013
InPark Magazine is also reporting Fisher's death. I would assume we'll get a statement soon from U2's camp.
We are sad to announce that the stage designer and architect Mark Fisher, OBE, MVO, RDI, died yesterday in London aged 66.
He passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead with his wife Cristina at his side, after a long and difficult illness, which he suffered with stoicism and courage and his customary good humor.
Mark's work as a set designer and artistic director has transformed the landscape of rock concerts and large scale events over the last 25 years.
Together with his practice Stufish, Mark created the groundbreaking designs for all the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and U2 tours for two decades as well as scores of other artists all over the world.
As well as his work in live music performance he also created designs for theatre productions and musical theatre including We Will Rock You, and Ka and Viva Elvis for Cirque du Soleil.
He was the senior designer for the Beijing Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies and was one of the three executive producers at the London 2012 Games ceremonies.
His work influenced not only the colleagues and crews with whom he worked but also surprised and delighted the many millions of people who experienced his designs all over the world.