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World’s Biggest Real-Time Projection Mapping Performance Made This Birthday Bash Unforgettable

With help from Christie’s rental staging partner Hexogon Solutions Plc Ltd, Singapore celebrated its 51st birthday with a truly mesmerizing real-time tracking projection mapping performance at its new National Stadium.

Alice Gustafson
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Christie‘s rental staging partner Hexogon Solutions Plc Ltd recently deployed a total of 66 Christie Boxer 4K30 3DLP projectors for the world’s biggest real-time tracking projection mapping performance for Singapore’s 51st birthday celebrations at the new National Stadium.

Hexogon Solution planned and executed the projection mapping performances, which were installed around the fourth level of the stadium for the National Day Parade. This marks the debut of Christie Boxer 4K30s at the National Stadium since the completion of the sports facility in 2014.

Gallery: World’s Biggest Real-Time Projection Mapping Performance at Singapore’s National Day Parade

The result was a NDP extravaganza that featured over 3,500 performers on a stage measuring the size of nine basketball courts, indoor fireworks, larger-than-life props hanging from the roof and a unique song-signing segment featuring familiar NDP tunes.

Watch the video below to see the real-time projection mapping performance in action at Singapore’s 51st Birthday celebration.

“This is the first real-time tracking projection mapping on 3D objects at the NDP,” says Adrian Goh, group managing director, Hexogon Solution.

“Forty tracking cameras around the entire stadium and 260 tracking beacons were installed onto the boulder and the 3D Sky City to enable the system to accurately track and map the visuals provided by the committee onto all surfaces of the structures as the objects move. The giant boulder would eventually be split into eight pieces and travel in different directions, while the 3D Sky City – made up of 15 gigantic collapsible fabric structures with an overall size of 60m in diameter and 20m in height – would be hoisted from stage level to a height of 35m during the Parade’s finale.”

Adrian says that the challenges faced by his team can be attributed to the short time allotted for calibration and alignment, as well as unpredictable on-site conditions.

“We had to map on empty space without the actual objects in the initial stage; and only less than a week for actual mapping onto the complex structures after they were installed,” he explains.

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“In addition, we had to deal with the random movements of the fabric structure due to wind conditions, whilst executing and rendering the content in real-time on uneven deformed surfaces.

“The Christie Boxer 4K30 is easy to handle and it allows us to spread the projected image without compromising the result,” Adrian enthuses.

“With strong features such as 4K resolution, 30,000 lumens, a significantly smaller footprint and omnidirectional capability, it was a breeze to position the projectors in different angles to cover the whole Sky City structure. On the other hand, the sheltered environment of the National Stadium is definitely a better location for both equipment and people to work in, as compared to the fully outdoor Marina Bay Floating Platform that was used for staging previous NDPs.”

Han Kim, general manager, Christie Singapore, was equally enthusiastic with this year’s efforts:

“The projection mapping performance planned and executed by Hexogon Solution has always been a major highlight of Singapore’s NDP. This year, Adrian and his team had gone one step further by incorporating projection mapping with real-time tracking technology using our Boxer 4K30 projectors and the results were astounding. The impressive projections on the gigantic boulder and 3D Sky City structures had certainly made this year’s NDP all the more memorable.”

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, added:

“As one of the most prominent rental stagers in the region, Hexogon Solution is continually improving its capabilities and know-how to deliver spectacular and truly memorable visual experiences. I’m delighted that our Boxer 4K30 projectors had played an important role in the staging of the largest ever real-time tracking projection mapping performance at this year’s National Day Parade in Singapore. I congratulate Adrian for delivering a fantastic show to mark Singapore’s 51st birthday!”

This article was originally posted on Commercial Integrator Europe.

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