Broadcast Professional’s work of natural art
SINGAPORE: The Glass Rotunda at the National Museum of Singapore was closed in 2014 while the museum partnered with Japanese digital art collective teamLab to create a new digital art installation to occupy the space. Contracted to handle the systems integration, content delivery and project management for the project was Broadcast Professional Pte Ltd.
Recently re-opened, the Glass Rotunda now houses a ‘large-scale digital art installation experience’ designed to provide a ‘360-degree immersive audio and video experience for visitors’ that spreads across the entire 170m spiral passageway and reaches the heights of the 15m high drum ceiling. A combined 17 Panasonic RZ670 projectors have been installed around the drum ceiling, while a further 42 were deployed along the spiral passageway. These create the effects of the natural ecology of 19th century Malaya as imagined by the artists of that time period in an exhibit inspired by the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings and named Story of the Forest.
On the audio side, Broadcast Professional implemented Community DS-5 loudspeakers as the main source of audio reinforcement in the Glass Rotunda. These are complemented by EAW MK8126i loudspeakers, which have been integrated in specific locations throughout the space.
Key to the visitor experience is the interactivity offered via the technical setup. As attendees enter the attraction, accessing the spiral passageway from the museum’s sky bridge, motion sensors are triggered, which are set to change the images accordingly. Similar effects are also triggered via motion sensors installed in the lower part of the Glass Rotunda. Adding to the interactive experience is the ability for visitors to download an app to their smartphones, enabling them to aim their device’s camera at a part of the exhibit and gain additional information in the palm of the their hands.
‘This has been a very interesting project for us. It was a truly collaborative effort working with the Museum and teamLab in creating this very large interactive digital canvas,’ said John Paul Tan, sales manager at Broadcast Professional. ‘The content and the technology had to work hand-in-hand for a memorable visitor experience and we are pleased to have been involved in this one of a kind project.’
‘A project of such a challenging and ambitious scale is only possible through excellent coordination and project management, which Broadcast Professional demonstrated throughout to ensure a good quality outcome,’ added Angelita Teo, director of the National Museum of Singapore. ‘Story of the Forest is inspired by the region’s rich ecological heritage, and reminds us of the museum’s early beginnings almost 130 years ago. It also reflects how the National Museum is evolving and progressing, working with artists and partners to adopt innovative methods to offer our visitors new ways of looking at Singapore’s social history and culture.’