Barco, a global enabler in projection mapping and visualization technologies, has powered the spectacular projection mapping on the ‘Statue of Belief’, or ‘Vishwas Swaroopam’ in Nathdwara, the tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. Built over a 16-acre plot and towering 369ft (or 112.5 m) tall, the ‘Statue of Belief’ is currently the fifth tallest statue in the world.
The mesmerizing sound & light show, conducted in the evening, showcases a divine passage to spirituality by highlighting the true essence of Shiva and its connection with the universe. Depicting sermons on life in a narrative fashion on the façade of the statue, the show runs over a span of 30 minutes and is powered by a total of twenty-four Barco UDX-4K40 projectors, with each projector delivering 40.000 lumens and immersive 4K resolution.
This is India’s first-of-its-kind and the largest deployment of 4K resolution projectors in India for a fixed projection mapping show. The projection design and execution for the statue have been handled by Axis Three Dee Studios Pvt. Ltd. and the media server and technology element is managed by Dataton.
According to Rajiv Bhalla, Managing Director of Barco India “the projection mapping experience at Nathdwara’s ‘Statue of Belief’ is a shining beacon of Barco’s expertise in visualization technology. The mammoth size of the statue, and its multiple contours, made this a tricky proposition but Barco’s UDX-4K40 projectors have enabled us to create sharper images and bright outcomes for this work of art. We are delighted that the overall experience is garnering strong appreciation from the audience, and we look forward to powering innovative experiences in 2023 and beyond, through Barco’s cutting-edge projection mapping solutions.”
Sanjay Singh, Group CEO at Miraj, said, “STATUE OF BELIEF – The way I know about it…….. this is not just another statue, neither is this created for any symbolic representation. It’s yet another proof of what faith and belief can achieve, it is so impactful that it would force you to ask yourself – Why??? and you would realise Mr. Madan Paliwal’s conviction to convince us in the word “BELIEF”….. I am thankful, in the quest of searching the best we choose Barco as a medium to convey the rest of the story.”
The ‘Statue of Belief’ is witnessing an average footfall of over 3.500 visitors per day and more than4.500 visitors on weekends. The surrounding area of the statue features three herbal gardens, a water body, musical fountains, landscaping, an amphitheater, a food court, handicraft shops, and an amusement park for children.
Speaking about the Barco UDX series, Avijit Samajdar CEO of Axis Three Dee Studios, said: “These projectors offer infinite possibilities in their color gamut. Knowing that the surface paint would pose a challenge and with very little room for error, we honed in on the UDX for their ability to deliver crisp colors right from the ‘cool’ through ‘warm’ tones, which could exactly replicate our customised palette onto the surface. They have performed just as expected: absolutely brilliant! Content designing is nothing but a clever play of abstract geometry and colors, weaved into a storyline, to sweep the audience in its flow… Based on the audience’s reactions, I am happy that we have managed to achieve the visual magic we had set out to do.”
“We are very proud to have been involved in such a prestigious installation,” said Ashok Sharma, APAC regional sales manager, Dataton. “Dataton WATCHOUT is the go-to in India for this kind of impressive projection mapping where reliability and pixel accuracy are of the utmost importance. We were delighted to cooperate once again with our friends at Axis Three Dee Studios and the Barco team in bringing the Statue of Belief to life with projection mapping.”
The interior of the statue contains an exhibition hall as well as public viewing galleries accessible by elevators. The space is now being developed into an experience centre with immersive visuals, through the installation of 65 Barco G62-W11 projectors featuring a brightness of 11.000 Lumens.