Graphics Turn 600-Year-Old Clock Tower Into Virtual Masterpiece

Using a technique called video mapping, the Macula project takes the 600-year-old Astronomical Clock on Old Town Square in Prague and transforms it into one of the most impressive things we've ever seen. See for yourself.

We stumbled across this video earlier today, and each one of us went quiet as we watched all nine minutes and 55 seconds of the spectacular light show, celebrating the Astronomical Clock's 600th anniversary.

From the about section of the Makula website (translated from Czech):

Video mapping using current technology available in the entertainment industry, a whole new way. The main contents are the projections to cooperate with the selected object and try to break the perception perspective of the viewer. With the projector can fold and stress any shape, line or space. Evocative play of light on the physical object creates a new dimension and changing the view of the seemingly "normal thing".

Everything becomes an illusion

It is definitely a grand illusion. It's a treat for the eyes and fuel for the imagination. The artists play with the contoured surface of the tower, using it to heighten the reality of their imagery.

It's a completely new sort of art. I can't wait to see where it goes.

The 600 years [Vimeo]


Comments

    Wow - that was simply stunning - i haven't seen something that amazing done IRL before - that is just... wow..

    This kind of thing would be fantastic for new years celebrations before they kick off the fireworks hehe :P

    I can't wait to see where they go with this stuff next - i had to remind myself several times that what was there was just projections and the building actually wasn't falling apart lol

    At first I thought that it had all been done on computer. Then I noticed all the people filming it and just thought "no way."
    This was definitely a treat for the eyes.

    Phwoar!! That was truely amazing and you can add me to the list of sitting there dumbfounded for the full 9 minutes and 55 seconds. :O

    This sort of projection was also used during the past two Adelaide Festival of the Arts (in '08 and '10) to animate a whole street of historic buildings, and it was pretty awesome to walk around or drive past. The actual animation was more subtle and gradual than this, but doing transforming an entire section of the city more than made up for it.
    It will be interesting to see where this technology goes from here ... Some of the effects they used on the Astronomical Clock were astounding!

    Wish I was there to see it, very impressive.

    pretty cool, but the acdc ironman one on rochester castle was cooler:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gurzz1evpn4

    There is a similar night festival in the Sydney CBD every winter called Vivid Sydney.

    Went on 2 separate nights this year. It was awesome. The official site is here http://www.macquarievisions.com.au/gallery

    How the hell does it work? does it look like that from all angles or just where the camera is pointing?

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