Gaping mouths open in wide wonder: That was the best description of the crowds that shuffled into the cavernous art space known as the Antarctic Dome at the Coachella Arts and Music Festival this year, where guests were treated to over-the-top graphics and video projected onto the roof of the immersive dome projection.
The 120-foot-done was built to showcase "Chrysalis," an eight-minute audiovisual program created by the creative studio Obscura Digital to be projected in 360 degrees via projection equipment. Obscura is the same firm behind the environmental light projections on the Empire State Building and trees that look as though they are going up in flames in Santa Barbara.
"This is one of those magical moments when all of the tech and production execution works in harmony to support the artistry and the creative is executed passionately and expertly to create magic that allows you to let go into the experience," says Obscura's CEO and co-founder Chris Lejeune.
The dome, said to be the largest geodesic projection dome ever built, was custom built for Coachella by Pacific Domes in Ashland, Ore. holds more 500 people for one viewing, who recline in bean bag-like chairs to stare up at the bowed ceiling, the Antarctic Dome has a projection surface larger than any IMAX theater. The A/V experience was run via Christie Boxer projectors and 108 L'Acoustics speakers that were arranged on three tiers around the dome interior. To read more,