Joseph Mercante, 50
Fireworks producer at Grucci talks grand displays and gunpowder.
Grucci has created many record-breaking displays. Which was your favourite?
My personal favourite was our 2008 performance for the grand opening of the Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis The
Palm. It blazed a trail for the many landmark performances to follow.
What skills do pyrotechnicians need?
Our pyrotechnics team has a wide range of skills including experience in the areas of creative arts, chemistry, physics, computer science, metallurgy, carpentry and logistics.
What’s the best bit of your job?
The grand finale of a performance and when the concussive sound of fireworks gives way to applause. That is when you know you have contributed to the happiness of countless others.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
Highlighting a beautiful building or island or venue – without overwhelming it.