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Amazing Stage Fabrics in Motion

اليوبيل الماسي

London, UK
يوليو 2012

Unique ShowTex projection surfaces allow for visitor interaction at exhibition about Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

Historic Royal Palaces and MDM Props commissioned ShowTex to manufacture 550 individual inherently flame retardant sheer fabric strips measuring 10 cm wide x 3m long to be suspended in the procession room at Kensington Palace as part of a new exhibition celebrating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The double projection mapped across hundreds of semi transparent Voile CS strips allows visitors to walk through the "crowd" projected on the fabric.

Thanks to an innovative immersive projection experience by David Bickerstaff at Newangle Productions and some clever short throw projection technology from Mitsubishi Electric, visitors are able to get a flavour of what it would have been like to be one of the hundreds of thousands of people that thronged the streets of the capital on 22 June 1897 to witness Queen Victoria's grand procession to St Paul's Cathedral.

Two projectors, fitted with short throw lenses, were installed to project onto numerous vertically-hanging screen surfaces.  In order to recreate the feeling of being part of the huge crowd of Victorian spectators, projection mapping onto screens set at differing throw distances allows visitors to walk in between projection surfaces, even providing a projection backdrop themselves.

Jubilee- A view from the crowd was conceived and designed by Acme Studios in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces curators and combines historic photographs and objects including memorabilia from the day as well as personal objects belonging to Queen Victoria to explore the event from the point of view of those who celebrated it.

Newangle, an independent creative digital agency creating engaging programs across different media, from large-scale video installations to interactive games, information displays and immersive environments, produced the large video installation. David Bickerstaff is an Artist, filmmaker and creative director of digital media for narrative environments.

MDM are specialists in all aspects of prop and model making, sculpture manufacturing and scenic construction.

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. Its aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.