10 March 2012
Vectorial Elevation Lightshow (Vancouver Canada 2010)
As beautiful as a display of fireworks can be, they are passive.Viewers are just viewers, rarely having a hand in the actual design of the show.In Mexico, in Mexico City's Zocalo Squre, a program was set in place for the Millennium Celebrations which drew over 800,00 participants from all over the world. Since then similar projects have taken place in Ireland, France, Spain and Canada.Vectorial Elevation allows people aroudn the world to light up the city's sky with a customized light show, all from thier own computers.Check out what happened when Vectorial Elevation was commissioned for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Canada.Using the Google Earth plug-in, users viewed Vancouver in 3-D with an overlay of the project's models, markers and controllers. The interface allowed the particpants to select and direct individual searchlights and move virtual cameras to capture the action. All of the users' requests were sent wirelessly to the command centre in Vancouver in the form of x, y and z coordinates. Those who did not want to wait in line to take an active part in the lighting design could watch each evening's shows live on the Vectorial Vancouver Webesite.