Projection artist Ross Ashton helped bring the Cambridge 800 Anniversary year to a spectacular close with 2 major new light works in the UK's historic University town that were dedicated to "Transforming Tomorrow". Projected onto 2 sites, Senate House and the adjacent Old School, and the end of Kings College Chapel and the next door Gibbs Building, a combination of PIGI and video projection technologies supplied by The Projection Studio London were utilised in 3 separate but related animated shows. These expressed elements of the University's dynamic science and research programmes as art in breath-taking large format scrolling images.
The projection content was produced from a combination of University supplied material from numerous academic and scientific sources and that originated by Ashton and his team, which included Paul Chatfield and Richard Porter. They then transformed the images into multi-layered video and PIGI film artwork using PhotoShop, After Effects, OnlyView and other specialist software. The images gracing the fascia of the residential Gibbs building stretched 70m, while those on the majestic Kings College Chapel rose to 40m, both surfaces fed by 5 PIGI 6Kw projectors with double rotating scrollers loaded with approximately 5 metres each of film. These were all positioned 110 m away.
Ashton was asked back to Cambridge to produce the shows following the great success of his work 12 months ago for the Opening Ceremony. This time, the Cambridge 800 Committee decided to expand the scale and scope of the projections and incorporate the Kings College/Gibbs site in addition to Senate House, which was enjoyed by up to 20,000 visitors over 3 evenings. Says Ashton, "I was extremely privileged to return to Cambridge and work on this Finale show, for which my brief was to highlight some of the ongoing ground-breaking ideas, concepts and research being undertaken at Cambridge that will make a huge impact on the future of science, medicine, technology, society and thinking".