Barco’s LED Technology Brings Cranes to Life at Sentosa

Singapore, 15 February 2011 – Barco, a global leader in entertainment lighting solutions, has provided the LED screen technology for ‘Crane Dance’, one of the most spectacular fixed performances ever put together. The show, located at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, features the world’s largest pair of animatronics figures dancing on a barge 60 meters out at sea. The challenging conditions of the show, including the rapid movements of the structures and their height, required a totally unique solution. This involved Barco’s FLX-24 LED modules and DX-700 image processing units, resulting in truly astounding visual effects.

Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort located off the southern coast of Singapore. It was developed by Genting Singapore; the overseas investment arm of Malaysia’s Genting Group and includes major attractions, namely the region’s first Universal Studios theme park, FestiveWalk, a Casino, 4 individually themed hotels and soon the resort will expand with a Marine Life Park (the world’s largest oceanarium), 2 more hotels and a Maritime Xperiental Museum.

On 25 December 2010, the Resort launched a new stunning attraction. ‘Crane Dance’ tells the story of two mechanical birds, whose undying love for each other transforms them into real birds. Not only does the performance excel in the animatronics of the two 10-storey high mechanical birds, it also features a breathtaking audiovisual show. Production designer Jeremy Railton of Entertainment Design contacted Barco, a leading company in groundbreaking outdoor lighting equipment, to see if it could provide an LED solution that could visualize his challenging creative ideas.

“We immediately understood we had to provide a truly unique solution” Eddie Tan, General Manager, SEA, Entertainment & Simulation at Barco recalls. “The operating conditions for the LEDs are really tough. The structures are both 24 meters tall and located on a barge 60 meters out at sea. Furthermore, the cranes move on 7 axes, at a speed of 12 degrees per second, so the solution also had to be flexible and offer the designers all the desired freedom.”

Barco´s FLX-24 LED modules and DX-700 image processing units were chosen to do the job. Contrary to traditional LED displays, the 24 mm FLX-24 is a truly freeform product; it can be shaped any which way. Furthermore, this is the world’s only creative LED video pixel system that can run 256 LED video pixels on one string, considerably reducing the amount of necessary cables and distribution boxes. In addition, with this system the control and power supply equipment can be located 70 meters away from the screen, thus giving the structure ample space in terms of height and freedom of movement and the most system critical parts to be installed centrally away from the moving cranes. Each screen measures 8 m x 8 m, and contains a total of 65,537 pixels at a pixel pitch of 31,25 mm. Both the screens are more than bright enough for daylight visibility under the Singapore sun, exceeding everybody’s expectations. Furthermore two smaller FLX-24 screens are installed in the head of the crane that form the eyes of the birds. The DX-700, Barco’s versatile multi-window image processing unit, is the perfect companion for the FLX-24. It contributed greatly to the success of the show as only one unit processes all content of the two main screens and the 4 eyes of the cranes.

“We wanted to share something really special with the world,” show designer Jeremy Railton explains. “The aim was to create a spectacle that was so stunning that people would be completely drawn into the happening. To accomplish this, we not only needed a huge mechanical structure, but also overwhelming audiovisual effects. Barco succeeded in providing exactly the LED solutions we needed and the final result is truly amazing, even to me.”

“Barco is well known for delivering unique solutions for the world’s most challenging and unique shows and themed entertainment,” comments Michael Chin, Executive Vice President, Projects, Resorts World Sentosa. “We were confident that they were the right partner for this project and are pleased with the results achieved. Furthermore, the level of support we received from Barco, both during the entire duration of the project and the after sales phase, was truly exemplary.”

For more information about this dazzling spectacle, including pictures and videos:

About Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa, one of the world’s most extensive and expensive integrated resorts at $6.59 billion, was built in a record time of under three years. Resorts World Sentosa has soft opened its four hotels on 20 January 2010, its shopping and dining strip, FestiveWalk on 30 January 2010, Singapore’s first casino on 14 February 2010, together with the Resorts World Convention Centre, which includes its Compass Ballroom, 26 function rooms and 1,600-seat Festive Grand Theatre and Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios Singapore on 18 March 2010. Supporting the attractions are a 3,500-lot carpark facility, restaurants, retail stores, entertainment and public attractions that include Emmy-award winner Jeremy Railton’s Lake of Dreams and Chamber of Treasures.
Resorts World Sentosa will open the world’s largest Marine Life Park, its Maritime Xperiential Museum, a destination spa and two remaining hotels with a total of 500 rooms in phase two development.

About Jeremy Railton of Entertainment Design Corporation
Four-time Emmy Award winner Jeremy Railton is known for his award-winning international productions, including the art direction for the 57th Annual Academy Awards and the design of the Opening Ceremony for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. The Place in Beijing and the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3,500 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 897 million euro in 2010.

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