Laser projectors provide pop for Daxing Airport art installation

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Projection specialist Christie’s 1DLP laser projectors are being used to deliver highly immersive visuals in a digital experience pavilion at the new Beijing Daxing International Airport.

Located on the second level of the sprawling terminal building, nicknamed ‘the Starfish’ due to its unique star-shaped design, the ‘Journey of Light and Shadow’ digital experience pavilion provides visitors with an immersive and interactive space to appreciate and experience art through the use of projection, audio and interactive technologies.

The venue consists of a preface hall and main gallery lit by 15 Christie DWU850-GS 1DLP laser projectors, which were supplied, installed and commissioned by Christie’s longstanding partner, Wincomn Technology.

Themed ‘The Four Seasons by Masters of Art’, visitors can enjoy digital projections of eight art masterpieces on the walls and floor of the pavilion covering an area of 130m2 . These include Vincent van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms, Green Wheat Field with Cypress, The Starry Night, Sunflowers, The Harvest and Wild Roses, as well as Oscar-Claude Monet’s Water Lilies and Floes at Bennecourt.

“The ‘Journey of Light and Shadow’ digital experience pavilion is an innovative cultural space that enable visitors to relax and admire world famous art pieces in an unprecedented manner – through highly immersive projections that make them feel as if they’re part of the paintings,” said Tony Chen, general manager at Wincomn Technology.

“We are very excited to be involved in this significant project, particularly with the projection design, and have pulled out all the stops to create an awe-inspiring, contemporary digital art gallery using the tried-and-tested Christie GS Series 1DLP laser projectors, which we are very familiar with.”

Wincomn adopted front projection using ultra-short throw lens to display visuals in landscape format on all surfaces. This enabled all images presented on the walls of the preface hall and main gallery to be seamlessly integrated and completely filled from top to bottom. An overhead structure was also erected for the projectors to be suitably installed as it was architecturally difficult to mount them on the ceiling. In this way, usable space can be fully utilized, and the projections will be free from any interference by visitors.

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