Tricolor India brings the Dhauli Peace Pagoda to life
INDIA: A projection mapping display depicting the ancient Kalinga War and subsequent conversion of Mauryan King Ashoka to Buddhism has been illuminating the façade of the renowned Dhauli Peace Pagoda in Bhubaneswar nightly throughout August. Commissioned by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITEC), the 35-minute show was conceptualised and presented by Christie's Indian partner, Tricolor India Schauspiel, who deployed Christie Roaster projectors to cover an approximate surface area of 700 sq-m.
'It took us six months to implement this show from start to finish,' explained Tricolor India Schauspiel creative director, Himanshu Sabharwal. 'What made this project different from our previous installations was that we engaged an artist to paint the monument. The entire process was recorded and projected back onto the monument, allowing the audience to experience the colourful visuals as if they are being painted live. We also used a lot of real 3D imagery to transform the monument, making the show bright and impressive.'
The contents of the show were visualised by Mr Sabharwal with Ross Ashton of UK-based The Projection Studio serving as projection artist. Artist Maria Rud composed the live-painted visuals and Indian celebrities Om Puri, Kabir Bedi and Bijaya Mohanty provided voiceovers in Hindi, English and Odia respectively. The background score was composed by Indian Ocean.
Tricolour installed four Christie Roadster S+22K 3DLP projectors in custom-built towers in front of the monument. Faced with limited space, the team constructed customised towers equipped with hydraulic pan-and-tilt capabilities so that the projectors that are installed inside can be positioned and calibrated accurately.
'We have chosen to deploy the Roadster S+22K-Js because of their unmatched brightness and robustness for an outdoor install like this,' continued Mr Sabharwal. 'I'm proud of the installation and the results because our artistic experiment of live painting came out really well and we have been able to effectively engage the audience with the mesmerising story of King Ashoka. The show is very much appreciated by our client ? the chief minister of the state of Odisha ? as well as the general public who have been visiting the monument for daily shows.'
'We congratulate our partner Tricolor India Schauspiel for completing yet another outstanding installation with a stunning delivery of this highly-anticipated projection mapping show at the Dhauli Peace Pagoda in Bhubaneswar,' said Lin Yu, VP of Christie Asia Pacific. 'I applaud Himanshu and his team for their creativity and innovation in utilising a live painting concept to tell the inspiring story of King Ashoka. We're also delighted that the Christie Roadster J Series projectors installed have provided the best visual experience for the audience.'