The Projection Studio have designed and co-ordinated a permanent 270 degree video projection installation featuring an adaptation of their highly successful work ‘Illuminata’ at Caerphilly Castle in Wales for CADW. The show was originally a large format projection extravaganza created by Ashton and projected onto two buildings in the Castle’s main courtyard for two short festival events in 2010 and 2011. This proved so popular and accessible that CADW wanted to integrate it as a lasting tribute to the colourful history of the Castle which could be enjoyed by the public all year round.
Five Optoma EW610ST projectors fitted with extremely short throw .52 lenses are used for the projections, which cover a surface area of around 3.5 metres tall (starting at about 80 cm off the floor) and 5.2 metres in diameter wrapping around the circular room which is skinned with a smooth white plaster finish. A 6.1 accompanying soundtrack was compiled and mixed by Karen Monid for the looped show, delivered through six Genelec 8020B speakers also hanging from the ceiling on special mounts, plus a sub bass unit on the floor. The Watchout control is located in the next room. It runs seven tracks of video and sound utilising an Echo AudioFire8 96kHz Firewire audio interface.
Says Ashton, “I was very honoured to be asked to revise the show to run as a permanent work. It’s fantastic to see it have another lease of life and the chance to connect with so many more people in this re-worked format which really retains all the drama and essence of the original”. The installation is already proving very popular and is one of a growing number of historical projected works produced by Ashton and his team worldwide.