Breda Castle

Facade Projection

Christie projection is at the centre of what is believed to be the first permanent outdoor pixel mapping project ever staged in Europe.

The initiative of saving the small early 19th century Breda Castle, situated close to the eastern border of Hungary, by developing it into a new tourist attraction is the result of a collaboration between owners, the Megyeri family, and the initiator, Informax Ltd. Working with Bordos.ArtWorks and Invited Artists (run by Budapest-based 3D artist László Zsolt Bordos) and András Schmid (of Christie technical partner DNN|360) they have mapped the façade in a series of stunning animated tableaux.

From June 15th onwards, an artistic video mapping show will be projected every day (and every hour) after dark, using the 3kW xenon light engine of a Christie Roadster HD18K (18000 ANSI lumens) projector, equipped with 1.8-2.6:1 HD zoom lens. And it is this that the owners now hope will help save the ruined castle.

He said that the scenes were based on personal dream experiences. “This environment was perfect due to the total darkness … no city lights, no light pollution — a place where black is black, so you really can make some parts of the building ‘disappear’”.

The production uses AV Stumpfl Wings Platinum 4 play-out and show-control software with custom-built PC hardware. “In this case exhibitors can manage more complex shows than a normal play-out session,” he said. “The remote management function was essential, since the distance between site and our HQ [in Budapest] is more than 270km.