When the Vancouver Aquarium embarked upon a six-year, $100 million transformation of the marine science center, it envisioned a one-of-a-kind visual spectacular to welcome visitors. The result: “Connections 360,” a fully immersive, 360-degree, high-definition water experience powered by seven large-venue Barco projectors.
“Connections 360” features a continuous circle of imagery depicting a changing kaleidoscope of aquatic imagery to reinforce docent storytelling, from the cycle of a rain drop, to British Columbia’s most scenic freshwater and marine locations, to sea life rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
An immersive eco-experience
Showcased in the Teck Connections Gallery, the exhibit immerses guests in a lifelike “one with nature” experience. The exhibit is the first of its kind in Canada, and the jewel in the crown of the center’s expansion.
“The stunning addition of a 360-degree screen significantly elevates our ability to share engaging stories with our visitors; we’re extremely pleased with the results of the Barco technology, which has exceeded our expectations for enhancing the sheer visual impact of the scenery,” said Dr. John Nightingale, CEO of Vancouver Aquarium.
Precision design and flexibility ensure consistent brilliance
The exhibit features a 185+-foot-wide screen powered by 140,000 lumens of projection power from seven Barco HDX-W20 FLEX large-venue projectors supplied by Barco distributor SC Media. Delivering 6.5 megapixel resolution imagery, every surface is digitally warped pixel-by-pixel to match the contour of each screen.
See a video of "Connections 360" in the new Teck Connections Gallery at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Credits: Projection Design, Creative Consultation and Installation: Anthony Diehl for Colours & Shapes. Architect: MCM Partnership. Globe: Panther Group. Digital Content: Vancouver Aquarium