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HARKNESS SCREENS supplies immersive space adventure "Exploration Space" at Kennedy Space Center


CAPE CANAVERAL, FL — BRC Imagination Arts turned to Harkness Screens when it was looking for an out-of-this-world custom frame and screen supplier for Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted, NASA’s latest attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted incorporates live theater, interactive experiences and large-scale multimedia presentations to display what the future of space travel may look like. With four custom-shaped trapezoidal Harkness Contrast Grey front projection screens flying above the stage and two large main stage rear projection screens, the viewer is completely engulfed in imagery.

The main stage 16:9 Harkness Translite Super Grey 14 X 7.8 feet rear projection screen was also custom designed to fit into a scenic LED bezel. The second standard shaped Harkness Translite Super Grey rear projection screen, which is located to the right of the stage, measures in at approximately 12.5 X 12.5 feet. A scenic bezel is used to make a 12 foot diameter circular viewing area. The Your Destination exhibit uses a 14 x 19 foot Translite Super Grey rear projection screen to create stunning images of potential future destinations for NASA.

This marks the second time Harkness has provided presentation surfaces and custom frames for projects on which BRC, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and NASA have collaborated. The first was for Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Launch Experience, which opened to rave reviews in 2007.

“We were confident in Harkness’ ability to address our complicated needs and provide superior quality screens and frames for this project, as they did previously for the Shuttle Launch Experience,” says Josh Cottrell, Project Manager at BRC Imagination Arts. “We originally chose Harkness for the Shuttle Launch Experience because it was the only company that could deliver a 20 ft x 40 ft screen that could be hung overhead in a flat orientation. On this project, Harkness once again took the challenge head on and did a great job. We have been very happy with Harkness’ products and have used them again recently for the USA Pavilion for the World Expo in Shanghai.”

Photos: BRC Imagination Arts

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin (rubin.judith@gmail.com) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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