Sagrada Familia- UPDATE

It looks like Moment Factory’s gig in Spain this weekend was a big hit. Check out the video and some stills they were kind enough to send over.


Sagrada Familia (Ode à la vie) - Démo officiel from Moment Factory on Vimeo.

French Canadian visual studio Moment Factory have been invited to create a multimedia show of architectural video mapping that will illuminate the Sagrada Familia In Barcelona, September 21 to 23 during the Mercè Festival. As with almost all of Moment Factory’s high-profile projects, it’s pretty mum on the details as of yet….but look for more details after the opening. Anybody who reads Projectionfreak with any regularity knows I’m a bit of an architecture freak as well, so I always get excited when someone gets to perform their magic on a great building.

The as-yet-unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica is considered to be Antoni Gaudi’s greatest work- a building that transcends Gothic architecture. It’s groundbreaking was in 1882 and it’s expected completion date is somewhere around 2026. A spec like that is amazing by itself, but the structure is incredible. The folks at Moment Factory get to do some crazy high-profile gigs- Madonna’s Superbowl Halftime, Celine Dion, Cirque…..but I have to think a project like projectionmapping the Sagrada Familia has to be more exciting than all those combined. Here’s an exclusive interview from our friends over at Philips.

From their press release:
The latest architectural mapping technology will be used to tell a story of rebirth and hope, projected on the basilica’s richly ornamented Nativity façade.
Ode à la vie (Ode to Life) is a poetic vision of the creation of the universe, inspired by original colour sketches by Gaudi as well as the words of the architect, for whom colour was the essence of life. The result is a 15-minute tribute to one of the world’s most venerated churches. Moment Factory’s team has created a living fresco made of colour, light and sound. Among other things, spectators will see trompe-l’oeil effects, statues in metamorphosis, natural-texture effects on the stone, highlights on the stained-glass windows and lighting effects on the four spires of the Basilica. The soundtrack is by Anthony Rozankovic (acts 1 to 5) and Misteur Valaire (acts 6 and 7). Its style: classical, with electronic and modern touches.
A creative and technological challenge
Moment Factory’s previous work includes multimedia projects involving architectural projections on a variety of surfaces: the façade of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, ruins of early Montreal at Pointe-à-Callière and, more recently, the façade of Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Of course, the Sagrada Familia’s Nativity façade is much more detailed and thus more complex to map. We had to be extremely precise in the mapping and find the right visual tricks to arrive at an impressive effect. We will use our X-Agora software platform to control the show’s sound, light and video elements.

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