If you were able to make it out to Centennial Park Monday, November 30, you witnessed something that had not been seen in roughly 2,500 years ” the Nashville Parthenon lit in what is believed to be its original colors.
Organized and funded by Japan’s major television and radio network company, Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc., the projection mapping event on Monday, November 30 was for the long-running travelogue show ‘Sekai fushigi hakken!,’ which translates into English as ‘Discover World’s Wonders.’ Tokyo Broadcasting brought in local projection mapping company, DWP Live, to create the content and execute the event from a technical standpoint. Bright blue, green, red and gold hues bathed the entablature, which is the upper, horizontal column of the architecture. The columns on the front side of the architecture were lit with white light. “The weather did not want to cooperate for us during the event. It rained for most of the setup and load-out. Despite the cold, rainy and muddy conditions, our team pulled everything off seamlessly,” said Danny Whetstone, DWP Live’s owner and president and the event’s projectionist and show leader. “It turned out to be an excellent, one-of-a-kind evening.” DWP Live used four Barco HDF-W30 projectors, three Pandoras Box media servers and two outputs to map the building. DWP Live also provided light and sound for Nashville’s Blackbird Theater theatrical performers who accompanied the production. “For a long time now, scientists have been interested in figuring out what the original colors of the Parthenon actually were. A lot of research went into rediscovering this historical information and Nashville is the only place that Tokyo Broadcasting could bring this research to life,” explained Rick Boot, DWP’s general partner and account manager for the project. DWP Live’s Department Head of Media Servers Clay Tipton served as on-site media server technician. The Nashville Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and is the centerpiece of Centennial Park, a large public park just west of downtown Nashville.