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dnp screen chosen for TfL ‘Art on the Underground’ project

ADi Audiovisual has specified a 5m wide dnp Supernova Infinity Screen for Transport for London’s (TfL) ‘Art on the Underground’ visual arts showcase, situated in the main ticket hall at Kings Cross tube station.

Art on the Underground is designed to enrich the journey experience for millions of daily tube users travelling through London.

For the project’s new Broomberg and Chanarin commission, ADi was on hand to advise, before undertaking a design and installation programme. The London-based AV specialists recommended the Supernova Infinity Screen as the central media display, paired with a Panasonic 10,000-lumen laser projector. This was supplied and installed by dnp’s UK partner Visual Displays Ltd.

ADI Audiovisual co-founder, Mark Wayman, commented: “An LED screen of that size and resolution would have been extremely expensive, difficult to install and heavy. Relative to its size the Infinity is a lightweight system that is easy to install, is cost-effective, can be of infinite size and is able to meet the super-accurate colour rendition requirement for this installation.”

TfL has strict fire and safety regulations, therefore an intensive review was first undertaken to ensure Supernova met these stringent requirements. Weight was a further factor as the screen had to be installed on an existing glass balustrade.

The 12-minute film made by Broomberg & Chanarin is called The Bureaucracy of Angels. This will run from 28 September to 25 November at King’s Cross St. Pancras Station, close to the exit to Eurostar.

Reviewing the project, VDL director Greg Jeffreys, said: “The client wanted a 5m seamless screen surface with high colour rendition for HD video that was compliant with stringent fire and safety regulations. The unsurpassed quality of Supernova optical screen technology, together with the infinite size option of the comparatively lightweight and cost-effective Supernova Infinity Screen, delivers on all levels. I am delighted that so many people will get to see what is achievable with projection screens of this size.”

Curator and technical programme manager Niamh Sullivan added: “The effect is simply amazing. When we commissioned this large LED display we had no idea it would look this good.”