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Chester’s Cathedral at Height
UK - A popular tourist attraction, Chester Cathedral recently completed a £1.3 million innovative project called ‘Cathedral at Height’. This development consisted of opening up the bell tower to create a modern exhibition space.
The management team wanted to build a multi-sensory audio visual (AV) presentation in the chamber to help attract a family audience. The project was an ambitious one; the chamber’s louvre windows meant that the technology would need to cope with damp, wind and cold. Additionally, the cathedral’s Grade 1 listing severely limited the type of work that could be done. Consequently this meant that nothing could be attached to the stone and the dark sandstone walls were a difficult backdrop for displaying projected images. With all these issues in mind, Chester Cathedral brought together a talented team of architecture and heritage experts including Pure AV, a leader in AV solutions, to deliver the results.
Pure AV recommended Epson’s EB-G6350 projector for its overall quality and versatility. The projector provides exceptional quality with vivid colours faithfully reproduced. The content can be shown in a variety of ambient light levels due to the high white and colour light outputs and the lens shift and keystone correction technology can also finely adjust the picture to the appropriate square shape.
Following the project, Chester Cathedral has since seen visitor numbers increase 300% over the last year. Simon Warburton, the cathedral’s director of operations comments: "Cathedral at Height has played a lead role in this, surpassing all our expectations and helping to attract a younger audience. The bell tower is a hugely evocative place and people don’t expect the visual and aural experience that hits them when they walk into the chamber. In a very tough environment for technology, we’ve succeeded in creating a magical mix of the modern and medieval, which adds to the unique atmosphere of the building."
29th July 2014
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