Press release

Christie relives the history of Yungang Grottoes

BEIJING – (October 29, 2012) – Christie®, through its partner, Wincomn Technology, is opening the eyes of visitors to the construction and cultural significance of the 1600-year-old UNESCO heritage site of Yungang Grottoes.

Located at the southern side of Wuzhou Mountain in Shanxi Province, the Yungang Grottoes contain a family of 45 cave systems that house more than 1,100 small shrines and over 51,000 statues of myriad shapes and sizes. It is one of the biggest and most important grottoes in China. The Yungang Northern Wei Cultural Museum was recently completed and housed at the 20th Buddha cave.

Two projection walls measuring 70-meters long by 4.5-meter high greet visitors on both sides of the long aisle as they enter the Museum’s display hall where the documentary is shown using 24 Christie DS+10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors. The Christie DS+10K-M, at 11,550 center lumens (dual lamps, 350W), offers high efficiency and low cost of ownership with Embedded Christie Twist™ image warping and edge-blending. 

“To commemorate the 1600th anniversary of the Yungang Grottoes, the Yungang Northern Wei Cultural Museum undertook a massive project to research and produce a documentary which analyzes the historical background of constructing the great grottoes and re-enacts a grand Buddhist ceremony by a royal family in the Northern Wei Dynasty,” said Jibin Li, project manager, Wincomn Technology. “Thanks to Christie’s top-notch projection technology, the documentary brings visitors beyond their imagination with the delicate details on our forefathers’ efforts in carving the shrines and statues. Christie projectors also make the display hall interactive as visitors are amazed by gigantic dynamic multimedia contents such as a huge smiling Buddha and a dancing girl who flies to the moon.”

Yanbo Geng, deputy secretary of municipal party committee and mayor of Datong City, Shanxi Province, and Xiangdong Zhao, secretary-general and member of the municipal party committee, said that the documentary was very impressive. “It highlights the power of digital multimedia projection technology. It also allows the visitors to better appreciate the Northern Wei culture and the masterpiece of Yungang Grottoes.”

“From the Qingming Shanghe Tu during the Expo event at Shanghai in 2010 to the Romance of Song Dynasty at Hangzhou Park and the Yungang Grottoes, Wincomn has been entrusted with a missionary task to promote the history and culture of China,” commented Yingjun Yang, Deputy General Manager, Wincomn Technology. “The large-scale installation of these projects requires the best visual solutions. Our expertise in systems integration coupled with Christie’s advanced technology made us the best partners to present the best of China to the world.”

“We admire the forefathers’ hard work in carving the caves in Wuzhou Mountain. At the same time, we applaud the effort by the local government to preserve and promote the heritage site,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “Christie is honored to be involved in project of such historical and cultural significance through our system integration partner, Wincomn Technology. When it comes to the best visual display solutions, Christie tops the minds of many systems integrators and end-users as we are committed to deliver projectors that exceed their expectations.”

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Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business,  entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. With the acquisition of Vista Controls Systems, Corp., Christie offers the most complete and advanced solutions for cinema, live venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.

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