Projecting the future
HONG KONG: Inspired by Victoria Harbour’s existing The Symphony of Lights display that has run daily at 8pm since 2004, Teddy Lo, a new-media and light artist as well as the founder of Ledartist, conceived the idea of transforming the harbour into the world's largest digital canvas. As he works towards this goal, Mr Lo recently held an exhibition to present his ideas and the concept for what he has dubbed Victoria Harbour Spektrum (VHS). To bolster the audio-visual experience at the event, V Group Ltd was on hand, sponsoring, supplying and installing K-array audio systems, and Teddy Lo Studio installing and programming Christie and Epson projectors and Traxon LED wall washers.
The exhibition took place at the PMQ and was open to members of the public and local media, as well as designers and students. The VHS concept was presented by way of projection mapping onto a series of 3D models built to replicate the Victoria Harbour skyline. The projection mapping was provided by one Christie and two Epson projectors that were connected to a d3 media presentation system, which also controlled the ambient lighting provided by Traxon wall washers.
On the audio side, the project specification called for a 5.1 system but stated that it was to fit in the space available at the venue where there was no room for additional stands. ‘What made the K-array speaker system most suitable for this project was the small size of the units because the venue had very limited space,’ said V Group’s technical manager, Martin Brinins. ‘We had to strike a good balance between active and passive systems, and the modest space.’
Deployed left and right at the front were KP52s (Python), with KK52 line array elements at the back. Accompanying these were KMT18 subwoofers, KA24 amplifiers and three KRM33 units that served as centre fills. An Apollo sound card from Universal Audio that was running Pro Tools and connected to a Mac Pro, controlled the setup.
‘I don’t think any other speakers could have performed as well as the K-arrays did,’ added Mr Brinins. ‘They fit perfectly into the small space and are very powerful. They were able to throw low-volume sound in a wide frequency range, which was needed as there were people very close to speakers.’
The client was impressed with the sound quality. ‘I was absolutely impressed with the clarity and powerful output that came out from these small audio units,’ said Mr Lo. ‘I was very happy with the setup and thought it was excellent.’
‘The frequencies and responsiveness of this sound system worked perfectly with our synchronised presentation from our projectors and LED products,’ noted Mr Lo. ‘It was very immersive for the viewers. The most interesting part of this project was seeing the projection mapping presentation of a new artistic vision for the Victoria Harbour light show.’
‘While watching The Symphony of Lights over Victoria Harbour, I had always imagined what it would be like to design a version of my own. This led to my thought of creating a digital platform that allows me, other artists, students and everyone in Hong Kong to design their own light shows for this spectacular skyline located right at the heart of Hong Kong,’ said Mr Lo, of his ambitions. ‘My hope is that the harbour will become a new public art space for brightening up the city and excite its citizens and visitors. It will create an opportunity for not only artists, but for everyone (especially locals), to express themselves through designing a light show for VHS.’