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Argo Visual delivers projection mapping show

August 20, 2018

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta has come alive with vivid projections on its façade to promote the Indonesian capital and welcome athletes to the city for the upcoming Asian Games.

Standing at 433 feet (132 meters) high, the obelisk monument was built in 1961 to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence, and is one of the most prominent landmarks in the country. This makes Monas an ideal location for the 25-minute show, which is staged every Friday to Sunday night until September 2. It features a slew of eye-catching visual animations, thematic music and narration to recount the 1962 Asian Games held in Jakarta, tourist attractions in the city, and the 2018 Asian Games. The impressive spectacle has been made possible by Christie's Indonesian partner Argo Visual (PT. Argo Omega Prima) using 14 Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3DLP® projectors, with contents produced by local design house Tabia.

Eye-catching visuals projected on the façade of the National Monument during the projection mapping show (Photos courtesy of Argo Visual)

"We're honored to be involved in this projection mapping show to highlight Indonesia's rich culture, the vibrancy of our country's capital and how we had successfully hosted the fourth edition of the Asian Games in 1962, which brought about immense national pride," said Ignatius Alvin Antono, managing director, Argo Visual. "For a project of such significance, we decided that Christie's J Series projectors are most ideal for deployment as they are reliable, can be installed in portrait position, easy to install, and able to deliver bright and high resolution images for an outstanding visual presentation."

To deliver the optimal visual effects on the tall, narrow tapering monument, all 14 projectors were housed in a customized intermodal container to protect them from inclement weather conditions. Eight HD20K-Js were installed in portrait mode, while the remaining six units were deployed in landscape mode to cover the entire structure's height and width. According to Antono, the challenge was the very short time given to complete both installation and alignment of the projectors, which the team managed to accomplish in two nights.

"It was a very rushed job due to the organizer's last minute decision to commence the show five days in advance. As a result, we had to push forward our planning and execution schedule quite substantially," Antono explained. "During the alignment process, we also encountered challenges in balancing the brightness of the projected visuals on the 'cup' of the Monas (that houses the Hall of Independence) with images projected on the tower's surface because of a very low gain of the wall. Thankfully, with the experience and knowledge that we have accumulated through previous projects, we are able to overcome the challenges to successfully deliver the show on time."

The projection mapping show made its official debut in the evening of August 13 to much publicity and fanfare. All guests were enthralled by the visual spectacle, with Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan praising it as "spectacular", and suggested that video projection shows like this be conducted on a regular basis so that more Indonesians can enjoy them.

The endorsement has brought much joy and relief to the Argo Visual team, who had worked hard to bring this show to fruition. Antono noted, "The Christie J Series projectors blended impeccably in terms of color matching and brightness to improve the overall experience of the show. We're very pleased with the projectors' performance and the overall results, despite the challenges of doing a projection mapping on Monas because of its unusual candle-like structure."

Michael Bosworth, Executive Director for APAC, Enterprise, Christie, commented, "Christie visual solutions have enabled and empowered rental stagers to express their creativity and deliver captivating visuals and shared experiences. We congratulate Antono and his team at Argo Visual who have done a great job in deploying our J Series projectors to present an eye-catching projection mapping show at one of Indonesia's most famous landmarks to welcome visitors to Jakarta for the Asian Games."

With a brightness of 20,000 center lumens, HD resolution, a dust-sealed engine, embedded Christie® Twist™ and an Intelligent Lens System, the Christie Roadster HD20K-J high-brightness 3DLP projectors are ideally suited for large screen applications and the most demanding outdoor installations. With a unique optics design and superior image processing, it delivers crisp, clean images with perfect color saturation and spectacular video. ​

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