Christie has announced the completion of its 150th permanent projection mapping project in India – an upgrade of the projection systems deployed for a stunning son et lumière on the façade of Purana Qila, commonly known as Old Fort.
This installation marks a historic milestone, serving as India’s inaugural permanent light and sound show and Christie’s first outdoor installation project here, dating back to 2011. The grand spectacle was inaugurated by then Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari, and commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism and India Tourism Development Corporation. This pioneering achievement set the stage for an evolution of innovation and artistry in India’s projection mapping landscape.
Three state-of-the-art Crimson WU31 3DLP laser projectors now take the centre stage for a mesmerising son et lumière on the walls of this 500-year-old monument, replacing the legacy S+20 Roadster projectors that served for over a decade. The projectors were installed and commissioned by Christie’s longstanding partner, Modern Stage Service, which played a pivotal role in the same project 12 years ago, serving as master systems integrator.
“We’re thrilled to witness our valued end user’s enduring loyalty to the Christie brand for over a decade as it transitions from lamp to laser, bringing forth even more spectacular visual experiences for audiences,” said Varinder Wadhwa, director of Modern Stage Service. “The Crimson Series is the ideal choice for this outdoor nighttime extravaganza with its remarkable brightness, a long-lasting laser light source, and enhanced colour performance. This projection systems upgrade heralds a new era of immersive visual storytelling, seamlessly blending history, culture, and technology.”
The Crimson WU31 projectors have been strategically positioned in enclosures at a height of approximately two metres, located nearly 200 metres away from the frontage of the Old Fort. Even at this considerable distance, the images, spanning 50 metres in width and 20 metres in height, appear strikingly vivid and lifelike. Each projector, with 31,500 lumens of brightness, effectively overcomes the challenges associated with projecting onto the Old Fort’s uneven and jagged surfaces. With the aid of advanced edge blending and calibration tools such as Christie Twist, seamless alignment ensures that audiences are treated to an impressive spectacle.
The content of the show will also be revamped to present a new, 25-minute performance infused with captivating imagery that promises a more concise and engaging narrative of Delhi’s history. Among the new features is multilingual delivery, which provides audiences with a choice of at least seven languages. Special headphones will be available for up to 400 attendees per show to create a personalised experience.
Rishubh Nayar, sales director for India, Enterprise, Christie, commented, “We’re delighted that our Crimson Series projectors are rejuvenating the son et lumière at the Old Fort. This milestone, marking our 150th permanent projection mapping project and revisiting the site of our first outdoor mapping show in India, adds even more significance and sentiment to the occasion. We are truly grateful for the unwavering trust of our valued end user and their seamless transition to laser illumination, a transformation expertly orchestrated by Modern Stage Service, ensuring the delivery of breathtaking and vibrant imagery.”