Projection Mapping Outshines Summer Solstice in German Celebration

For cities celebrating their incredible milestones, roses or a box of chocolates just won’t do the trick.  That’s why a few tech-forward locals are turning to projection mapping to celebrate their heritage.  During the German city of Karlsruhe’s recent 300th anniversary celebrations, video mapping specialists Maxin10sity turned to Panasonic projectors to illuminate the entire southern façade of the Karlsruhe Palace.

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and it seems not even global cities are exempt from sharing anniversary engagements. Peter Weibel, CEO and chairman of the ZKM, explained, “When we saw their video mapping performance on the Bucharest Parliament for the 555th anniversary of the city last year, we were very impressed by their technical virtuosity and artistic approach.“

To project on the Karlsruhe Palace (180m x 20m), 24 Panasonic 3 chip DLP projectors were rigged in two towers 80m away from the façade. The organizers tripled the number of projectors used, as the opening night was so close to the summer solstice, reaching 75 lux on the facade.  And because the audience is very close to the castle, the projection surface has a resolution of almost 11K (10800 x 1080).

Romania and Germany have taken the projection mapping plunge to celebrate a few of the most important dates in their history.  As we move further into the 21st century, what major landmark will we get the opportunity to light up next?