Laser F/X On-line Newsletter - Special Reports
Urström at the 1999 Stockholm Water Festival
Day 10 - Thursday August 12 - Show day 7
Another bright and sunny day greeted
us today. The streets around the festival site are crowded with revellers
enjoying the festival. The crew met at master control at 20:00 and began the
task of setting up for the evening's performance.
He explained that a lot of research had gone into making the images for this segment of the show. The images told the story of human history in Sweden and thus had to be carefully researched at museums in Stockholm for historical accuracy. A great deal of time was spent measuring the palace facade and locating all of the architectural features on the building. This was done so that the projections could make use of the features and enhance them rather than just using the building as a screen. For example, the IC chips are projected in such a way that the leads cover the outer edges of the windows of the Palace while the chip itself is projected onto the glass portion of the window.
Sabiene Weißinger is
the artist who spent many hours creating the actual images. The images were
created on computer and then pre-distorted to take projection geometry into
account - there is no UGC on a Pani projector. Each image was carefully
matched to the 3D computer model of the Palace and then "sliced"
into four segments to create the large format slides for the projector.
Adela has developed a fan club! There are now a group of men who wait for her to come ashore from the White tower after her nightly ride over the water. Most of them are Spanish speaking as they have discovered that she speaks Spanish. They assume she is the "star" of the show since she is the only human performer. Adela gets a lot of good-natured ribbing over this from the crew who are still calling her "The artist formerly known as the engineer".
The show is delayed 5 minutes by order of the festival producer as another concert on a nearby stage is running late. Once again, the laser saga takes over the heart of the city painting the skies with colourful photons and covering the palace with massive images. The breeze is again favourable and the basket laser looks especially spectacular this evening.
The show is flawless and the audience very appreciative with prolonged cheering and applause at the finale.
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