Monday, January 24, 2022

Lumen & Forge create Hanukkah spectacle for local community

Immersive technology artists, Lumen & Forge, created a holiday spectacle for the Chabad of Summerlin Community Center. The team at L&F donated their time and resources to design an uplifting family Hanukkah Celebration which included projection mapping, a snow-globe themed geodesic dome, audiovisual gear and lighting elements for the synagogue.

“Giving back to the community is something we feel very strongly about, so when the Rabbi approached us in 2020 to help create an outdoor event, we were all in. This year we took it up a level with the addition of a geodesic snow-globe dome with a wintery theme, as well as the projection mapping show on the façade of the synagogue. We incorporated significant elements to help commemorate the holidays like a digital menorah that lit 8 candles. We utilized lights and candle flame images as well as the concept of giving gelt with images of gold coins dropping. Seeing the joy on the faces of the children as they watched dreidel’s spin during the production was such a gift. We look forward to helping them again,” says Misha Fradin, founder of Lumen and Forge.

Photo courtesy of Lumen & Forge.

“Our community was totally blown away by what the team from Lumen and Forge created. Even though they are not part of our Jewish community, they really understood what we wanted for our annual Hanukkah event. The results were stunning, delightful and very uplifting. This was especially meaningful, and they really outdid themselves this year. We worked with the L&F team last year as well, and they presented a way to safely gather and still celebrate the holidays together. Many said to me after that it was the highlight of their week. We cannot thank the team enough for being so respectful and giving of their time and resources,” says Rabbi Chaim Ozer Metal from the Chabad of Summerlin Community Center.

Photo courtesy of Lumen & Forge.

“Projection mapping is an exciting technique that can be applied to any building. For this project, our technicians set up two HD projectors at opposite sides of the Synagogue to create a seamless display across its entire surface. Then, we applied our video mapping technology to project custom-created content and convert the structure into a mesmerizing display. With 3D projection mapping on a building, we can transform the structure into a digital canvas. To achieve a perfectly mapped image on the building, we edge-blended the two projectors to reduce shadowing on the building. We then used MadMapper to program the shape of the building so that our visuals perfectly follow every curve and corner of the edifice,” says Palmer Nicklas, Creative Director of Lumen and Forge.

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