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Facade Festival 2017

Façade Festival is an annual public art initiative and projection mapping festival organized by the Burrard Arts Foundation in Vancouver. The festival aims at creating more opportunities for people to experience art – without having to step into an art gallery. Ten artists were chosen to participate in this year’s festival and they used a variety of styles and mediums for their individual presentations; each of them unique in their tone and voice. Go2 was honoured to be on board as the technical partner for the second year in a row. We also presented an original finale titled, Contradistinction.

The Site

We would be using the Georgia Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery, above the newly constructed šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

Facade Festival 2017
Facade Festival 2017

The Concept

Using contrasting 2D and 3D graphics, precisely-mapped manipulations, and depth illusions, we were able to transform the art gallery into a playground of light and kaleidoscopic movements. Playing with the building’s structural outline, our team of constraint-breakers pushed the limits of digital art, technology and soundscape for a mind-melting spectacle of cross-genre artistic expression.

Facade Festival 2017
Facade Festival 2017
Facade Festival 2017
Facade Festival 2017
Facade Festival 2017

The Event

Façade Festival drew an approximate crowd of 40,000 attendees and the gorgeous artwork was widely shared on all forms of social media. We were so thrilled to be a part of an art initiative of this size in our home city, Vancouver and we look forward to #facadefest 2019.

Facade Festival 2017
Facade Festival 2017
Facade Festival 2017
Facade Festival 2017

Weber Metals Reveal

Weber Metals, a member of the Otto Fuchs Aerospace Group, recently designed a 60,000-ton hydraulic press, the largest pulldown press in the world. They came to Go2 looking for a unique solution for their inauguration event where they would reveal this groundbreaking press and also communicate the capabilities of their new technology.

The Concept

Projection mapping was not an option, as this was going to be a day event in a warehouse with open walls located in LA. Since we did not have controlled lighting, our unique solution was to create a large high resolution LED screen that opened after the animated presentation to reveal the massive 60k ton press.

Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal

The Set-up

Go2 worked closely with Freeman AV who built a 46 ft wide by 30 ft high LED wall made up of 252 panels. The total weight of the wall was 7098 lbs and with the rig was just over 11,000lbs. The mechanism that controlled the seamless and smooth splitting of the LED wall for the physical reveal was a variable speed Traveller Truss System, which was programmed to split and open at the exact moment we specified to create the most impact.

Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal

The Animation

The storyline of the 60K ton press was built around a three-act structure. The first act was focusing on how Weber Metals was working towards building the future with this one of a kind press technology. Utilizing the combination of 3D animation, mo-graph and video footage, allowed us to feature the building process of the press incorporating 3D scenes to communicate the strength of materials and robust process. The next act focused on the Aerospace industry integration and company competence.  The final scene was to build towards a final 3D hero shot of the 60K ton press and to give the audience a magnified look at the full scale of the entire press structure, as most of the actual press base is rooted underground.  As a final transition, we ended with the closing of futuristic metal doors and then triggering the physical LED screen to split and open, revealing the physical 60K ton press, slowly pressing down to communicate the final hero shot press reveal. 

Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal

The Event

The event went off without a hitch and was attended by approx 1500 people. Go2 created an exciting show experience, with high-quality animation presented on the massive LED wall, that was the perfect way to lead up to the big reveal of the actual hydraulic press.

Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal
Weber Metals Reveal

iMapp Bucharest

iMapp Bucharest is the world’s most celebrated projection mapping contest and draws a crowd of over 60,000 people. Go2 was one of 10 finalists chosen from hundreds of submissions for the 2018 event. Our team created an original piece, which was then projected onto the Parliament Building in Bucharest – the second largest building in the world.

Inspiration

The theme for 2018 was: BLUE. YELLOW. RED. A Century of Modern Romania. Keeping this in mind, our designers got to work on initial concepts for the mood boards.

iMapp Bucharest
iMapp Bucharest

Sketching

iMapp Bucharest

Style Frames

Go2’s submission was called Tapestry Lumiere. Tapestry Lumiere is a colorful, abstract spectacle inspired by the patterns, colors, history, architecture and heritage of Romania. The projected patterns are created from individual strands that represent the many diverse lives of people living in Romania. Individually each of these threads has its own direction but intertwined they highlight, they direct, they connect. Wholeness, unity, harmony, freedom and tradition are celebrated on this huge canvas of light, using illusion to generate ‘wow’ moments that bring the audience together.

iMapp Bucharest
iMapp Bucharest
iMapp Bucharest

The Event

64 projectors were used to light up the massive facade and along with the brilliant projections from all 10 teams, there were also local and international artists and bands to entertain the mammoth crowds. Over 65,000 people attended the live projection mapping experience and it was an honour to see our work displayed at such an amazing location and festival.

iMapp Bucharest
iMapp Bucharest
iMapp Bucharest
iMapp Bucharest