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Digital Projection delivers Tower of David museum ‘spectacular’

The Tower of David, one of Jerusalem’s most significant historic sites, is home to a museum dedicated to the city’s history.

One of the most celebrated events at the venue is ‘The Night Spectacular’ production, which takes place every night and tells the story of Jerusalem through images projected onto the walls, archaeological ruins and pathways of the Citadel.

To meet the demands of steadily increasing footfall, severe climate changes all year round, and complex physical and aesthetic demands, the AV equipment was upgraded to include Digital Projection projectors with the technical aspects designed by Showlogix. In the deployment there are 13 Digital Projection M-Vision Laser 18K and two E-Vision Laser 8500 models, illuminating the walls of the Citadel with 250,000 Lumens and 35 million pixels.

The Tower of David is a national heritage and archaeological site meaning there were strict rules and regulations to adhere to around the installation of the equipment and the flexibility of the M-Vision proved critical to the project’s success.

“When we began 10 years ago, there was nothing to do in Jerusalem at night,” said Yehuda Vaknin The Tower of David’s show project manager. “We started The Night Spectacular and such was the success, it has been running continuously ever since, fully booked almost every evening. Now, the show is world renowned and completes not only any visit to the museum, but indeed any visit to Jerusalem. After nine years, it was time to replace the AV equipment and embrace the latest technology on offer in order to take the show to the next level – so we engaged Showlogix to design the technical aspects of the experience.”

The previous AV system had in fact proven quite robust, with the museum never having had to cancel a show – so the new equipment had to boast equally exceptional performance and more, given the demands of steadily increasing footfall, severe climate changes all year round, and complex physical and aesthetic demands

“Eli Geffen from Showlogix brought Yehuda to see us at last year’s ISE show and although we were still a couple of months away from being able to ship the number of units they would need, he was convinced that they were worth the wait,” explains David Close, products and applications manager at Digital Projection. “We demonstrated a lamp-based version to the Tower of David team so they could see the quality of the image in the final environment. Eli then went back with the M-Vision Laser and did a shoot-out against others. After Tower of David had checked out the multiple global references we provided from similar projects we have undertaken – we were delighted to be chosen.”