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The Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro preferred Christie's equipment over its competitors to power this ambitious exhibit.

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Cypress, California-based Christie, a maker of visual displays and audio technologies, announces its role in engaging visitors to the Museu do AmanhãMuseum of Tomorrow-in Rio de janeiro, Brazil’s most-visited museum.

Christie projectors, managed by the company’s Pandoras Box video processing systems, installed by Brazilian firm Visualfarm, are being used in a projection system commissioned by the museum.

The Museum of Tomorrow is a uniquely-designed museum that mixes science and art and has a focus on sustainable cities. The museum has partnerships with some of the most important science institutions in Brazil and abroad, including the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research, Paris-based UNESCO and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

According to a press release announcing the award of the contract to Christie, “the entrance of the museum is a ‘Cosmic Portal’ containing a film co-directed by ‘City of God’ director Fernando Meirelles that compresses 13.7 billion years of geological change and natural evolution into eight minutes of sensory overload projected by nine Christie DHD951-Q 1DLP projectors, inside an egg-shaped cinema. In this 360-degree dome, visitors are taken on a unique visual journey through galaxies, deep into the subatomic world of elementary particles, and into the center of the sun. They witness the formation of the Earth and the beginning of life and the birth of thought.

“The producers of this film used virtual reality glasses in the planning of the experience of the dome. The projections on the wall of the dome start at the floor and envelope the audience 360-degrees around, and the glasses offer the same sensorial experience. Beyond the ‘Cosmic Portal,’ interactive tables allow visitors to explore the concepts of cosmic dimensions on a deeper level.

After exploring the ‘Cosmic Portal,’ visitors discover the unique conditions that fostered life on the planet along with the development of human intelligence and culture in the second area on the museum itinerary, the Earth, with its three giant 7×7-meter cubes featuring thousands of photos and videos displayed by eight Christie LWU421 3LCD projectors. The images are shown in mini-documentaries and interactive displays in which visitors can learn about the interconnections within an ecosystem and how imbalance affects the entire system.

All the Christie projectors are managed by a Christie Pandoras Box Server and nine Christie Pandoras Box Players. which provides the museum with complete control over both installations, maximizing efficiency while enabling the creation of amazing visual experiences.”

The museum put out a public bid on the project and says its technical engineers were quite impressed with Christie’s products.

“The truth of the matter is that the Christie projectors were the ones that best adapted to the technical specifications detailed in the (request for proposal),” says Eric Ribeiro, IT manager at the museum. “The brightness, the color saturation and the price were simply better than alternatives.”

SDG Staff

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