To celebrate France's Presidency of the European Union, E/T/C Paris is projecting 45-meter wide video images onto the façade of the Assemblée National in Paris. The projection system utilizes four Christie Roadie 25K DLP™ projectors and E/T/C’s multimedia control platform, Onlyview® to manage the images. The projectors are installed in pairs, housed in two custom-built cabins on either side of the Pont de la Concorde, located directly in front of the building.
Each cabin is positioned directly on top of the bridge's pillars, where they are designed to subtly blend into the surrounding architecture. Both pairs of projectors are overlaid for brightness and cover half of the Palais Bourbon's colonnaded front.
The eight-minute-long show (on constant loop) was created by French scenographers and image designers Skertzò. Spectators are taken on a journey of the EU’s past, present, and future, including themes like the history and formation of the Union and its member states, culture, the environment, science, space exploration, and education. The projection system is fully automated by a pre-programmed timer. A signal is sent to turn-on the Onlyview® master station and then the four Onlyview® servers, which in turn fire up the projectors and run the show. The reverse procedure is activated to shut everything down when the show schedule finishes each night.
E/T/C has projected onto the 18th century Assemblée Nationale on many previous occasions. The first was back in 1989 for the Bicentennial of the French Revolution, and more recent events include the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Paris in World War 2 in 2005.
The project is being co-ordinated by E/T/C Paris's David Baillot, with Onlyview® programming by Nicolas Manichon. The projections will run every evening for the duration of France’s presidency from July 1 until December 31, 2008.