August 05, 2008


If you're in Québec City in the next few weeks, you still have time to see for yourself the amazing "Image Mill" - which is running from June 20 thru Aug. 24.

For this year's celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the city, artist Robert Lepage created this amazing forty-minute visual and audio production that is projected nightly against the grain silos in the Port of Québec. The gigantic 1,968 ft wide presentation serves as a visual narrator, that tells the tale of Québec City’s 400 years of history.
It consists in a sort of animated mosaic that, moving from engravings to paintings and from photos to videos, creates an impressionistic portrait of the city over time. The work consists of four movements corresponding to the city’s four centuries of history: waterways, the age of exploration and discovery; road building, clearing and developing the land; the railroad and industrial expansion; and finally, the age of air travel and the development of communications.

These 81 silos measure 600 metres long by 30 metres high. Twenty-seven video projectors, 20,000 lumens each, projects millions of pixels onto Bunge’s south and west façades. With 238 spotlights, 203 of which are DEL, and 329 speakers in place, the audience is able to see the show from several viewpoints: from the Château Frontenac to the Marie-Guyart building, from the ramparts to the Louise Basin piers, Espace 400e and the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.
For those who can't get close enough to the over 300 speakers, they even have a local radio station that broadcasts the show for viewer to tune into. Also, in addition to the many spotlights, if you watch you'll note they also incorporate other lighting and even smoke to add to the effect.

Watch this ten minute edited down version of a much better 40 minute show.

C'est vraiment extraordinaire!

For more on this amazing show: (Click here)

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