Pixelwix, an innovative media solutions provider, knows how to take art to the next level. Pixelwix warp and blend software gives multiple Optoma projectors the ability to be blended and displayed as one large mega pixel screen. This is exactly the type of display technology that avant-garde artists are looking for to exhibit their work as an immersive cinematic experience.
Artist T.J. Wilcox is such an artist. He had a vision of a 360 degree panoramic art film depicting a 24 hour time lapse of New York City. His film was shot in lower Manhattan from his18th floor studio on Union Square. He needed a “never been done” way to present this majestic view with the drama it deserves. Mr. Wilcox had seen the work done by Pixelwix and was impressed with their warp and blend solutions and their customization of unique projection screens. “At the time, the biggest custom projection display we had designed was about 55 feet”, said Chris Brackenbury, owner of Pixelwix. “TJ wanted it to be twice that size, 110 feet around AND suspended in air for viewing from within the panoramic circle.”
The challenge for Pixelwix was how to display a work of art to be featured on an 8 foot high circular screen, hanging 4 feet off the floor in which museum goers could enter into and submerse themselves in the art without the use of a door? Light levels had to be 100% with absolutely no picture distortions. Ten projectors would need to be displayed at precise space intervals around the panoramic screen display. Pixelwix experimented with other manufacturer’s projectors and which proved problematic. They were either too expensive, produced too much light or ran too hot for continual play. The cost of replacing lamps regularly would fall to the museum which housed the art. None were acceptable solutions.