For Lumiere Durham 2015, England’s largest light festival, French artist Miguel Chevalier has unveiled his latest art installation “Complex Meshes”, at centuries old Durham Cathedral. The cathedral was constructed at the end of the 11th Century and represents one of the most accomplished examples of Norman architecture in Europe. Complex Meshes follows Chevalier’s immersive projections at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, and is a monumental projection mapping project that happens at dusk on the ribbed vault ceiling of the central nave.
Chevalier’s mesh is a projection of a three-dimensional object consisting of vertices, edges and faces which form polygons. The use of numerous wireframe meshes projected onto the ceiling becomes an aesthetic in itself enhancing the original mesh structure of the original Gothic architecture.
Chevalier uses different colored weaving patterns composed of triangles, quadrilaterals and other polygons overlapping and evolving slowly in real time creating a virtual light curtain of diverse and complex shapes. The surface is deformed to generate the abstract landscapes of a living universe which is constantly evolving.
The video below takes a couple of minutes to set up the space before showing the actual projection mapping project.
Yesterday I did a short post on New Balance and the projection mapping they are doing for a new line of shoes they have coming out. In it I mentioned that the process in many ways had become much easier with advances in hardware and software over the last few years. With that said, I would also like to qualify that with “Projection mapping can be as complex as you need it to be.” Case in point, the new runway show for Ralph Lauren.
The Ralph Lauren image may be a brand that is more closely associated with the 29 vintage cars that Lauren has collected with passion, rather than with social networks, iPhone applications and cross-platform advertising campaigns but this project might change that perception though.
Watch this video and take note of the fact that there is a fairly large crew involved. They make extensive use of green screen, 3D modeling, light projection, geometry mapping and distortion, HD video, composting, audio design etc. I tried to find a video of the actual finished piece, but every version I found was pretty weak. When I find a decent one I’ll update this post with it. In the mean time, take a look at the making of video. It’s really quite impressive.
“We put our hearts and souls into this, this sensory experience — complete with sound and even a mist of fragrance — will not be staged only in London. One of the brand’s New York stores also will get a similar eye-popping show. ” Ralph Lauren