Hoping to create an infinity mirror effect, Tico Sighting installed disks of plexiglass with projection film in each of the plane’s engines. They then used projection mapping software and Optoma ProScene ZU1050 and ZU850 laser projectors to simulate working propellers. Using the same approach, they creatively installed additional Optoma laser projectors on projection platforms, this time projecting against the plane’s body and surface as their inventive backdrop and screen.
“The ZU1050 and the ZU850 were incredibly easy to install,” Tico said. “The projectors have an unbelievable range in lens shift, allowing us to reach unconventional areas on the plane’s surface without major placement modifications to the projectors and projection towers. The ability to turn the projectors off and restart them, without the usual long cool down time, was extremely useful. It made switching out lenses and making tweaks to the performance fast and efficient.”
The creative combination of stimulating simulation video content, projection mapping and ultra-bright laser projection resulted in a life-sized illusion of a plane that was operating and in motion, turning the vintage war plane into a living work of art.
Boasting 10,000 and 8,000 ANSI lumens respectively, an impressive 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation, Optoma’s ZU1050 and ZU850 laser projectors were an ideal choice for the festival’s demanding installation environment. A variety of lens options, motorised lens-shift, zoom and focus with 360 degree and portrait operation also helped ensure installation flexibility.