Barco supplies China’s largest-ever 3D pixel mapping project
CHINA: In celebration of the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong – the founding father of the People’s Republic of China – Shaoshan Runze Orient Group created China’s largest-ever outdoor 3D pixel mapping project, immersing audiences into China and Mao’s shared history through vivid imagery. To ensure the best possible image quality and a smooth project flow, Shaoshan Runze Orient Group used 42 ultra-bright premium projectors provided by Barco and installed by Shenyang 4D-Vision Technology.
The projectors, which offer a brightness of 22,000 lumens, were used to produce 3D and holographic images – covering an area of more than 6,000 sq-m – that brought to life Mao Zedong’s contributions to China, under the title Mao Zedong, A Great Man in China. The show debuted on 26th December in Shaoshan, in Hunan province, and was attended by many officials from both the state and the province.
‘This large-scale live-action show combines live scenes with stereo stage settings and a wide range of performance elements, such as song, dance, drama, acrobatics, and water and fire effects,’ said a spokesperson from 4D-Vision. ‘That’s why we needed to use innovative stage technology, and the best projection technology we could get our hands on.’
To determine the exact locations for the projectors, Barco conducted a complete measurement and evaluation of the scene and the lighting environment using its SIM CAD software, which provides a simulation program with three-dimensional roaming mode, allowing users to view, evaluate, and experience the 3D and stereoscopic images to be shown. This enabled planners to accurately calculate and adjust the effect that different installation methods have on projection brightness and the amount of light that shines in the audience’s eyes.
In recent years, innovative projection technology has been widely used for important celebrations, but as projection technology advances, so do the requirements for visualisation technology.
‘By applying our simulation technology to the stage design, we gave the designers all the tools and space they needed to let their imaginations and creativity run freely,’ says Tang Feng, Barco's managing director for Greater China. ‘Furthermore, thanks to the government’s support for the culture industry, organisers can invest in cutting-edge projection technology that ensures even more excellent shows and projects. As such, we are glad to join hands with outstanding partners to contribute to the development of the culture industry in China.’