Electrosonic Systems Inc. (Electrosonic) has supplied an array of Christie projectors and Stewart and Dalite screens for the just-opened Bill Graham Library located in the headquarters of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. Electrosonic was subcontracted by ITEC Productions of Orlando, Florida, which designed and produced all the facilityâ€™s multimedia and exhibits.
Visitors to the new library, which is housed in a 40,000-square-foot complex in the form of a red dairy barn, follow â€śOne Manâ€™s Journeyâ€ť from the pastures and gravel roads of North Carolina to the big tents and arenas of Americaâ€™s largest cities to stadiums and broadcast media across the globe. Displays of historical backdrops alternate with multimedia theatres showing events and milestones of Billy Grahamâ€™s lifelong mission.
The equipment provided by Electrosonic is deployed in applications, which range from a pre-show on the early days of Grahamâ€™s ministry to a finale summarizing the evangelistâ€™s outreach. Thirteen Christie projectorsâ€”encompassing DW6K, DS +60, DS+25W, and DS+5K modelsâ€”are mounted on custom trusses affixed to the libraryâ€™s ceiling. The Stewart film screens and Dalite screens, some of them rear projection, comprise various configurations.
According to Electrosonic project manager Thursby Pierce, two of the most challenging installations were the â€śRestoring Prioritiesâ€ť and â€śFinaleâ€ť presentations. The former, housed in a circular room, features three projectors projecting onto three screens evenly spaced about 120Âş apart and integrated with the exhibitâ€™s set pieces and displays. â€śItâ€™s tough to get the geometry right for projection in a circular room and to ensure that the projectors are correctly placed,â€ť notes Pierce. The Christie Twist Warp module helped take the curvature of the space into account.
The â€śFinaleâ€ť posed the additional challenge of â€śedge blending to produce one large image on a single, curved screen 10ÂĽ feet high by 33ÂĽ feet wide,â€ť says Pierce. Electrosonic provided three Christie DS+5K projectors for this room each with Christie Twist Warp modules to facilitate the edge blending and curvature of the screen.
Randy Smith was Electrosonicâ€™s site supervisor for the Billy Graham Library. John Notarnicola served as projectionist and commissioning engineer.