01/12/2011
ILLUMINATA CAERPHILLY CASTLE
brief
Projection artist Ross Ashton of London, UK based The Projection Studio was invited back to Caerphilly Castle in Wales – by popular demand - to recreate his fabulous "Illuminata" digital art son et Lumière. The commission – for which Ashton also designed the large format 3d video projection system used to bring the work to life - was from Cadw - the Welsh Assembly Government division responsible for preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Wales. The 2010 event was the first time that an entertainment spectacle of this genre had been commissioned for a Cadw historical monument, and proved such a massive success that they decided to repeat the experience for three evenings this year.
execution
Projected onto two buildings in the Inner Ward of the Castle - the rear of the Gatehouse, and the Main Hall. The images measured approximately 30m onto both surfaces. Three Christie HD18 projectors were supplied by QED to the Projection Studio. Ashton's 20 minute work depicted the history and stories of the castle.Original artwork for the show was produced by Ashton and his team of Paul Chatfield and Steve Larkins, together with some 3D animations by Richard Porter. Also commissioned illustrator Mike Cooper (of 2000AD/Judge Dredd fame) to produce original works. Karen Monid's sound track was a fusion of sound effects and music, much of it specially written by her for the piece.
results
Working at Caerphilly Castle again was a "Fantastic" experience enthused Ashton, who has produced detailed and very specific works for many landmark building and site specific locations worldwide. Caerphilly is the largest castle in Wales (and only second to Windsor in the UK) and complete with formidable water defences, one of the largest fortresses in Europe, dating back to 1267. Ashton comments, "This was a great opportunity to work in an amazing environment again, plus a massive honour to be asked back and enjoy the opportunity of bringing the location alive through an entertaining and fun mixed media experience”.

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