PBE, the design company selected to create the Wiess Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science chose to work with RabCup (www.RabCup.com) on “Energy City” for their extensive projection mapping experience, inventive video solutions and project management expertise. Assessing the task at hand, RabCup founders AJ Freysteinson and Justin Fortier immediately got to work on assembling the best possible group of field experts to help create this masterpiece installation.
That’s where we come in…
Brought onto this amazing project by RabCup, in company with Green Hippo Systems, we completed this team of specialists with our animation expertise. To date, we are proud to present Energy City as our largest-scale project in our 10+ year history.
Not only is Energy City Radar’s largest project, but the technology required of this permanent install at Houston’s Museum of Natural Science has never been done before! We’re so proud to be part of this first-in-industry exhibit.
RabCup came to us to produce the animated media for the permanent exhibit that is being installed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science – at the Wiess Energy Hall.
Our work was to create content that would be dynamically projection-mapped on a model of Houston that shows showcases 8 different energy systems & stories as well as a 24 hr time-lapse of the city itself.
The Wiess Energy Hall showcases all forms of energy sources, and this install will live on for possibly 10 years.
The custom media for this experiential art piece is meant to bring wonder to both adults and students.
Team: Over 30 people collectively
Prep-time = 18 months
80 feet horizontal
5 feet off the ground – meant for children to view at eye-level
Launch: November 20th, 2017 – open to the public
What Radar Created
Our model is playing 9 different videos, covering a wide gamut of different energy sources and methods. Utilizing first-in-industry technology through “auto-map technology” (by way of Green Hippo).
More on the 3-Day Model
This is an immersive project, showing Houston as a city Day to Night – the entire city is moving, cars are in traffic, lights flicker, there are interactive stars. It’s a 24-hour cycle of Houston, much like a time-lapse, but projection-mapped onto an incredibly huge model.
Built into the content are various “easter eggs” such as a T-rex, an alien abduction, and then more normal city occurrences like a police chase, a fire on a rooftop, and other exciting minutiae.
You have to see it to believe it – but here are some images to whet your appetite.