Delhi memorial harnesses projection to put on a show
When the Guru Tegh Bahadur shrine failed to attract as many visitors as government officials hoped they turned to projection and audio technologies. Anna Mitchell speaks with Tricolor India's Himanshu Sabharwal to find out how the memorial was transformed.
In 2011 the Government of Delhi opened a memorial to the Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th Guru of Sikhs who was executed in 1675. Situated on a road travelling into the city, the striking monument is centred on a 24metre central “pylon” with petals at its base, representing the Guru and his strength. Three arches in the shape of letter ‘C’s signify the Guru’s followers and monoliths, inscribed with sayings, symbolise the 10 Sikh Gurus.
The memorial was imposing and striking but nevertheless failed to attract a significant amount of visitors.
Delhi Government officials approached Tricolor India Schauspiel, an architectural mapping specialist, with an idea.
Himanshu Sabharwal, creative director at Tricolor, explains: “They wanted illumination and they wanted it to come alive at night because they weren’t seeing any footfall at the site.”
From that point on the idea developed rapidly into an immersive multimedia experience that would bring together lighting, projection and audio to not only stage a show, but also tell the story of the Guru Tegh Bahadur.
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The Guru Tegh Bahadur memorial project saw Tricolor India shortlisted for an award in the International Project category at the 2014 InAVation Awards. You can see the shortlists for the 2015 project awards here and vote for technology finalists at the InAVation Awards website. Winners will be revealed at a ceremony and dinner on February 10 in Amsterdam. To book your place click here.
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