We have been commissioned by the Liverpool City Council to help celebrate the centenary of City’s landmark Royal Liver Building, while opening the Museum of Liverpool – the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century.
With both buildings situated at the Pier Head, the event was fittingly entitled Reflection on the Waterfront.
The highlight of the three nights was the videomapping show, titled The Macula Spectacular. When the City of Liverpool’s cultural department issued the tender, SIGNAL Productions (ex Tomato production) bid successfully after the organizers viewed the consortium’s video projection for Prague’s 600th Anniversary show, projected onto the city’s Astronomical Clock.
We were asked to create a geometry-aligned projection onto the two buildings – the history of Liverpool onto the Royal Liver Building and a series of modern art projections onto the Museum, which had been opened just few days earlier.
For the former, two Christie Solaria CP2230 digital cinema projectors were deployed and for the Museum projection, a further CP2230, with DCI kit, was detailed, along with two HD18Ks. The projectors, were fitted with either 1.1-1.4:1 or 1.8.-2.6:1 HD zoom lens.
The content was created by The Macula, and while the Museum projection was fed from two coolux media systems the Royal Liver Building show was powered by high powered PCs running Resolume VJ software which triggered the effects.
Manchester-based, dbn, who handled the architectural lighting, also provided a Hippotizer media server, linked into the projection system so they could apply block color. This was mapped exactly to the projection surface area and filled that space for the warm-up period before the video show fired up.
While the Museum offered a three-projection 90m x 20m canvas (in 5760 x 1080 widescreen resolution) the Royal Liver Building covered a 48m x 50m surface (with a 2048 x 2160 resolution).
Each evening the celebrations started around 8.30pm with a special musical performance from blues diva Connie Lush on the Friday, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday and blues band 6ix Toys on Sunday, with the remainder of the technical reinforcement provided by locally-based PA company Adlib. At the same time throughout each evening giant, beautifully illuminated lanterns representing key points in Liverpool’s history were on display at the Pier Head, completed with illuminated fish swimming in the canal.