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Epson and AVS project huge light show in Jerusalem

Epson laser projectors have been used to illuminate Jerusalem’s Old City walls in one of the most ambitious AV projects ever seen in Israel.

For the project, 20 of Epson’s EB-L25000U laser installation projectors have been synchronised to bring 4,500sqm of the Old City walls to life with colourful animated imagery, while a hundred illuminated drones form shapes and messages in the sky above.

The project, which is on every day between Jaffa Gate and the Habonim Garden, juxtaposes the power of the latest laser projection and drone technology with walls that have stood for nearly 500 years, to tell the city’s story using vivid, colourful imagery, in challenging conditions for projectors.

“When we were approached to take on one of the largest multimedia projects ever staged in Israel, it was clear to us that beyond just imagination, we needed to come up with a whole world of content and ideas that broke existing boundaries, using the last word in new technology,” said Malki Shem-Tov, co-producer and joint CEO of Israeli multimedia solutions provider, AVS.

As well as the 20 Epson projectors, and with assistance from S.A. Systems, a strategic partner of Epson Israel, AVS deployed six kilometres of optical fibre to transmit the imagery to the projectors, as well as a hundred hubs. “The final result that the people of Israel got to see on the opening night, and will be able to see until mid-July 2017, is the result of over two months’ intensive planning,” said Lee Harrison, development manager for Epson Europe’s professional displays division, who went to Israel to oversee and provide advice in staging this massive project.

“The AVS team, led by joint CEO and technical director, Assaf Shem-Tov, chose the EB-L25000U, Epson’s most powerful and advanced laser projector, which has brought Epson into a whole new era in large scale fixed projection,” continued Harrison. “Our new flagship projector, which is already being used for conferences, outdoor events and large-scale shows around the world, is lighter and smaller than competing models, yet offers a very powerful light source of 25,000 lumens. It’s also extremely tough and very resistant to environmental hazards, which is vital when required to work non-stop in the 35°C heat and dust we find in Jerusalem.”