The Electric Canvas Lights Up Sydney’s Luna Park with Christie
Half a dozen Christie Boxer Series 3DLP projectors deployed at Coney Island in the iconic Luna Park Sydney wowed visitors with vibrant and lifelike images during Vivid Sydney, the annual festival of light, music and ideas known as the biggest event of its kind in the world.
Titled “The Spirit of Fun,” the dramatic and emotive son et lumière celebrated the history and magic of the beloved amusement park. The visuals were designed and executed by Christie’s valued Australian partner, The Electric Canvas (TEC), using six Christie Boxer 2K30 projectors to cover the 33-meter building façade and both its the towers and steeples. TEC is famous for its experience and expertise in large-scale events, bringing to life the artwork, characters and soul of the park.
“Coney Island is an old school funhouse that’s been delighting visitors since the park’s opening in 1935, and it certainly has a special place in the hearts of every Sydneysider,” said Peter Milne, managing and technical director, TEC. “We are therefore very honored to be given the opportunity to design and deliver a projection show to celebrate the history and magic of this legendary site.”
The 30,000-lumen projectors were housed in three weatherproof towers, installed atop the cement slabs of two of the amusement park’s rides, 25 meters apart from each other and networked over a catenary. TEC’s creative team also composed a whimsical soundtrack to complement the visual content and enhance the experience. The result was a seamless, high-resolution, optimal performance with perfectly balanced brightness.
“As a longtime user of Christie projectors, we are very familiar with the various models that we have in our fleet, including the J Series and the new Crimson Series, which have served us well for numerous events,” Milne explained. “The Boxer 2K30s used for this project have been outstanding – the images were bright and flamboyant, and we were very impressed with their reliability and performance throughout the show period.”
“The Spirit of Fun” tells the story of Luna Park’s colorful history and provides a window into the future of fun
“The Spirit of Fun” created a huge sensation during its debut at Vivid Sydney 2018. The beautiful and lively projections as well as the innovative soundtrack that accompanied it blew audiences away. The Australian media hailed the show as one of the 10 must-see highlights of Vivid Sydney, describing it as “a magical adventure transporting visitors into a 3D experience.”
Luna Park was so impressed with the spectacle and large turnout that they decided to repeat the entire show for Vivid Sydney 2019, which took place from May 24 to June 15. As expected, the rerun was a major crowd-pleaser with the stylish light and sound show mesmerizing visitors with splashes of glowing colors and bright, fairground imagery.
“The TEC team was really pleased with the highly enthusiastic response from both the media and public,” said Milne. “We are delighted that the show has resonated with audiences both young and old, and we’re very proud to restage ‘The Spirit of Fun’ again for this year’s edition of Vivid Sydney to charm both returning and first time visitors alike.”
Congratulating the TEC team for a job well done, Michael Bosworth, Executive Director, Head of Enterprise for Asia Pacific, Christie, commented, “Peter and his team have delivered a visually stunning show that once again demonstrates they are at the top of the game. ‘The Spirit of Fun’ is a huge success in bringing people together and taking them on an adventure that creates joy, excitement, wonder, and lasting memories. We are also thrilled that our Boxer Series projectors provided bright and vivid images that added much excitement to the show during the 2018 and 2019 editions of Vivid Sydney.”
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