With the roadmap out of lockdown in place, we can finally look forward to socialising and exploring once more. It’s been a tough year for many industries, with the exhibition and hospitality trades practically ground to a holt and events and venues told to close their doors indefinitely, it’s a breath of fresh air to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Over the last 15 years, we’ve supplied some of the biggest events in the world, including the Oscars and the MTV EMA Awards, and provided displays for the biggest museums in the UK, the V&A and the National Museum of Scotland to name a few. Seeing these institutions suffer has been difficult but has only made us more excited to get back to supplying incredible projects like these when they reopen.
To celebrate the promising announcement of a way out of lockdown for the UK, we’re taking a look back at one of our past museum projects, as they prepare to reopen their doors again this summer. We worked with AV Integration and Lighting specialists, Fusion LX, to bring their vision to life, for the centrepiece of the attraction at the World Rugby Hall of Fame, situated in the town where it all began, Rugby in the UK.
The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates the achievements and contributions to the sport of Rugby Union. Covering everything from players and coaches to match officials, the Hall of Fame celebrates the history of the game and the 121 World Rugby national unions that have contributed towards it. Fusion LX we’re tasked with creating an interactive exhibit that provided a fully immersive experience for visitors which would do justice to the celebration of the sport.
We provided 4 of our 360 Degree Dual Image Projection Screens to create the centrepiece for the museum, each standing at 2.5m tall. Our dual sided screens were used to project stunning graphic images of Hall of Fame inductees, each controlled separately by a HD touch screen allowing the visitor to select any of the 148 celebrated individuals to see on the big screen.
Our dual sided screens were cleverly framed and positioned on raised podiums, with the touch screens they were controlled by set a few feet away from the display, encouraging visitors to choose an inductee, step up onto the podium and ‘Take a picture with your legend’.
Even the legends themselves have risen to the challenge, with Argentinian Inductee, Felipe Contepomi arguably one of the best rugby union players of all time, Jonny Wilkinson, even joining in the fun taking their own selfies with our screens. This innovative idea is a great way to spread word of mouth and gain momentum on social media and entice new visitors to come and experience the museum for themselves.
These 360 Degree Screens are a great way to make the most of your exhibition, creating little wasted space by displaying an image on both sides of the screen. This innovative technology is not only space saving, it also only requires the use of a single projector to create this dual image effect providing a cost effective solution that instantly doubles your screen space. The only downside of this technology is that the image on the opposite to the projected side is obviously reflected, however in this application that was far from an issue due to the striking graphics of the inductees avoiding the use of text to create an equally impressive image when viewed from the reverse.
Fusion LX we’re incredibly happy with the effect and the performance of the screens saying,
“It was exciting to install unique equipment, the most unique being 4 large projection panels, or blades that were the centre of the exhibition. When a museum visitor selects their rugby hero via a touch screen, the image and associated information is projected onto the 2.5m tall, double sided glass projection blades.”
(Photos courtesy of FusionLX and World Rugby Hall of Fame)