25.06.13

Europe’s first permanent outdoor mapping display

The owners of a small early 19th Century castle have created what is thought to be the first permanent outdoor pixel mapping project ever staged in Europe in a bid to save the building.

The Megyeri family want to turn Breda Castle, in eastern Hungary, into a tourist attraction and turned to Informax to help.

Working with Bordos.ArtWorks and Invited Artists (run by Budapest-based 3D artist László Zsolt Bordos) and András Schmid (of Christie technical partner DNN|360) they mapped the façade in a series of stunning animated scenes with music.

An artistic video mapping show will be projected every day (and every hour) after dark, using the 3kW xenon light engine of a Christie Roadster HD18K (18000 ANSI lumens) projector, equipped with 1.8-2.6:1 HD zoom lens.

He said that the scenes were based on personal dream experiences. “This environment was perfect due to the total darkness … no city lights, no light pollution — a place where black is black, so you really can make some parts of the building ‘disappear’”.

András Schmid adds that the investor commissioned a fully air-conditioned, weather-proof brick cube to house the technical equipment — inspired by an industrial artist. He recommended the Christie Roadster HD18K as the parameters would allow them to execute the task with just a single projector. “The Roadster has many system integration as well as operational advantages,” he said. “It met the criteria for high brightness, 1920 x 1080 resolution and reliable operation in extreme environmental conditions.”

The production uses AVStumpfl Wings Platinum 4 play-out and show-control software with custom-built PC hardware. “In this case exhibitors can manage more complex shows than a normal play-out session,” he said. “The remote management function was essential, since the distance between site and our HQ is more than 270km.”