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Eugene Bradbury projection mapping

Oddly I have always liked this BOA building in Charlottesville by Eugene Bradbury.   Now that it is no longer in use as the BOA, and before it is adorned with new signage I hope to create a deserving piece and map it to this structure.

Aside from the technical work of a mapping like this the inspiring creative challenge is the visual narrative that will be the content. Contrasting nature and technology, organic and inorganic (a common theme for me) will drive this piece.  Music is a huge part of any mapping, the tone, feel and mood are all set between visuals and music first.   In this case I called upon a good friend Dopesolo, a DJ to mix some selections and create a soundbed for me.  It really came together and allowed for some amazing visual cues.  The individual tracks can be found HERE.

And it reveals at TTF2017 in Charlottesville at dusk on Friday April 14th.  I am really thrilled and am hoping to create a really fun, engaging piece.  With laser scanning  by Prologue systems of RVA I was able to model a highly accurate 3D model of the structure.  The scan data is arguably the most accurate record of this structure’s facade in existence. Further fun with support from my new best friend, Christie Digital will bring it all home.

I had a lot of help on this one including multiple middle-of-the-night roof-top custom stand builds and installations by Barger Design & Fabrication.  Southern Development homes donated directly to the project. Mike at Rapture, Craig and Michelle with the City (let’s talk streetlights:). Marshall learned firsthand about the cutting room floor with hours of historical research not making it in. And finally SP for connecting all the dots and believing in this.

Projection mapping, also known as video mapping and spatial augmented reality, is a projection technology used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection. These objects may be complex industrial landscapes, such as buildings, small indoor objects or theatrical stages. By using specialized software, a two- or three-dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. | Wikipedia