Tomorrow, the theater doors open to kick off TED2018: The Age of Amazement. But setting the stage for amazement is hard work. A couple photos to celebrate the dedicated team that is assembling the David Rockwell-designed theater, the hundreds of signs and directional markers, and exhibits.

A hard-hatted worker pushes this massive flight of stairs into place, allowing access to the custom-designed wooden theater that is rebuilt every year in Ballroom C&D of the Vancouver Convention Center. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED


Two members of TED’s Vancouver-based team build out a couple of the many hundreds of signs that point attendees up, down and side to side. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED


Inside one of the simulcast lounges outside the theater, a sonic experience celebrates the experience of being in New York’s High Line park. Here, installers mount dozens of floating speakers at varying heights to play music and ambient sound. Photo: Jason Redmond / TED


A few of the surprisingly large number of red TED letters to be deployed onsite, in many sizes and many materials, from plexiglas to styrofoam to, um, inflatable. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED


Underneath the conference venue, the TED workroom includes a full florist shop, keeping the venue in fresh greens and blooms from Tuesday to Saturday. Here, a florist assembles a lush bouquet featuring TED red roses. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED


Stage manager Scott Hinde, left, and video genius ChiHong Yim review workflow backstage as they prepare to film and process video from more than 100 speakers during the next five days. Their work and planning now will set the stage for free TED Talks video posting throughout the year. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

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