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Articles July-August 2023

The Accidental Lighting Designer New!

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The Future Of AV Is Virtual New!

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Post Show Review: 11th PALM Sound and Light Awards New!

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AV-ICN Expo's AV Architect of the Year New!

In a dramatic moment at the 11th PALM Sound & Light Awards, Founder Anil Chopra announced Kelvin Ashby-King the 'AV Architect of the Year' 2023. read more

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Statue of Belief Weaves A Timeless Tale With Barco-Enabled Projection Mapping

The Statue of Belief in India retells the story of Lord Shiva with impeccable projection mapping, achieved with Barco UDX-4K40 projectors

Miraj Group operates across industry verticals and caters to millions of customers in India. One of its most notable endeavours is the Vishwas Swaroopam project, which features the Statue of Belief - the fifth-tallest statue in the world at a towering height of 369ft. This expansive project covers a sprawling 16-acre area and includes an interior exhibition hall and public viewing galleries. Visitors can also enjoy a range of amenities surrounding the statue, including three herbal gardens, a water body, musical fountains, landscaped gardens, an Amphitheatre, a food court, handicraft shops, and a children's amusement park.

The highlight of the project, however, is the projection mapping show, which required meticulous mapping and handling of 24 channels of high-resolution 4K content. The expansive and varied contours of the statue presented various challenges, from multiple shadow areas with a folded leg to the bronze colour of the statue. Furthermore, the lens too needed to be placed at a great distance of approximately 250 meters. To make this first-of-its-kind installation a success, the client and their partners collaborated with Barco for better colour and contrast, brightness, after-sales support, an offer of on-site spares, and more.

Bringing an idea to life

To meet the expansive requirements of the Vishwas Swaroopam project, Barco supplied high-end projectors for both outdoor projection mapping & indoor museum projection to create an immersive experience for the audience. Axis Three Dee Studios Pvt. Ltd. worked on the execution and production of visual content for the project.

The technical aspect of the project was spearheaded by Dataton, who worked on the mapping and handling of 24 channels of high-resolution 4K content. "Dataton WATCHOUT is the go-to in India for this kind of impressive projection mapping where reliability and pixel accuracy are of the utmost importance. We were delighted to cooperate once again with our friends at Axis Three Dee Studios and the Barco team in bringing the Statue of Belief to life with projection mapping," observes Ashok Sharma, APAC regional sales manager, Dataton.

On the façade, the project utilized 24 Barco UDX-4K40 projectors with a brightness of 40,000 lumens each. These projectors were set up on two temperature and humidity-controlled towers located on either side of the park, projecting at an angle on the statue. Eleven projectors are installed on each tower and two additional projectors are installed inside the folded leg of the statue to illuminate the hidden belly and prominent shadow area.

The UDX projectors offered best-in-class long throw lenses with up to 11:1 throw ratio that allowed the projectors to be placed at the extreme end of the park. This range offers the best white point and contrast and a brightness uniformity of 95% ensuring appropriate brightness distribution on the entire canvas. In addition, the compact projector size made it easy to fit the models in the folded leg area and illuminate it. To top it all, Barco PulseSingle Step Processing (SSP) allows for sharper images and less latency for 4K signals.

Sanjay Singh, Group CEO at Miraj, says the following words about the results: "STATUE OF BELIEF - The way I know about it...this is not just another statue, neither is this created for any symbolic representation. It's yet another proof of what faith and belief can achieve, it is so impactful that it would force you to ask yourself - Why, and you would realize Mr. Madan Paliwal's conviction to convince us in the word "BELIEF" ...I am thankful, in the quest of searching the best, we chose Barco as a medium to convey the rest of the story."


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