Feb 02, 2017

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A Large Delivery of Laser Projectors to Support the "Story of the Forest" Performance at the National Museum of Singapore

Panasonic System Solutions Asia Pacific (PSSAP) delivered 59 PT-RZ670BE (6,500lm WUXGA) laser projectors to the National Museum of Singapore. The largest delivery of laser projectors to a single museum is contributing to an epic projection performance.

The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore established back in 1887. The museum is widely recognized for its innovative exhibitions. The Singaporean government and the museum entrusted teamLab, an artist collective recognized globally for its artistic creations using digital technologies, to create the large-scale installation, "Story of the Forest." The installation began on December 10, 2016, and it was well covered by the media. The installation is comprised of 2 parts, one for the corridors featuring a seamlessly connected projection measuring 144m in length and a dome-shaped projection. In the corridor section, visitors can use the dedicated smartphone app "Story of the Forest," to photograph the projected images and gain more detailed information about the animals.

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    A seamlessly connected projection into the corridors

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    A dome-shaped projection

PSSAP delivered 59 6,500lm PT-RZ670BE WUXGA laser projectors. These projectors eliminated the need to change lamps and filters for 20,000 hours. When projecting onto a dome-shaped surface, images from multiple projectors must be blended together seamlessly to create a single large image. With conventional lamp projectors, when those lamps or filters are exchanged, if any of them are moved even ever so slightly, seams will become apparent, but Panasonic's laser projectors alleviated the hassle, and hence the risks. Lamp projectors were also limited in terms of the installation angle due to issues with heat radiation and emission. But laser projectors do not emit as much heat in comparison to lamps, so they enable a 360-degree, flexible installation.

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  • PT-RZ670BE WUXGA laser projectors enable a 360-degree, flexible installation

From the early stage of this project, PSSAP has worked closely with teamLab and inspected the museum corridors and rotundas. PSSAP selected the optimal projector model and designed the projector layout in accordance to teamLab's vision and requirements.


Panasonic's projector installed in the museum corridors

Mr. Toshiyuki Inoko, the founder of teamLab described the "Story of the Forest" as follows. "There are drawings of the flora and fauna created by local artists commissioned by the Governor General when he first arrived in Singapore in the early 1800s. And we created our projection, 'Story of the Forest,' based on these drawings, which are also housed in the National Museum of Singapore. People who visit the museum can take photographs of the animals depicted in the corridors, collect them on the dedicated app, and create their own picture book. They can also learn more about these animals."

PSSAP's SE team was essential in creating this elaborate, beautiful installation. The exhaustive technical support was what set Panasonic apart from the crowd. teamLab catalyst, Kento Takemura said, "Panasonic quickly, accurately, and spiritedly supported what we, teamLab, wanted to create and brought our ideas to life. We are very satisfied and thankful for their hardwork and the results they have produced."

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In the "Story of the Forest" based on the drawings of the flora and fauna, visitors can take photographs of animals and create their own picture book on the dedicated app

According to the project manager, Hirotatsu Asai, Entertainment Solution Group, PSSAP

When I think about how this project began back in June 2015 and how we finally made the delivery 1.5 years later, I feel deeply moved. I am thankful of course to teamLab, but also to everyone involved in this project. I was very happy when I saw many people enthralled by the Story of the Forest projection during the VIP preview. Panasonic will continue to contribute to the realization of "A Better Life, A Better World" at museums and for the entertainment industry through our visual system business.

About teamLab

Art collective formed in 2001.
teamLab is a collective, interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors. Referring to themselves as "ultratechnologists," the group aims to go beyond the boundaries between art, science, technology and creativity, through co-creative activities.

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