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Christie illuminates Mumbai’s Gateway of India

Christie illuminates Mumbai’s Gateway of India

Christie illuminates Mumbai’s Gateway of India


Christie has supplied its high-brightness Crimson Series 3DLP laser projectors to deliver big, bright visuals for a new light and sound show at the Gateway of India, an iconic arch-monument built in the early 20th century.

Located on the waterfront at the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai, the Gateway of India was erected to celebrate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary on their visit to India in 1911. Standing at 26m in height and made of basalt, it has also been referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai, and is among the city’s top tourist attractions.

The mesmerising spectacle has been put together to commemorate India’s independence and 75th anniversary of the withdrawal of British troops from the country, as well as the contribution of Maharashtra in India’s struggle for independence. The projectors were installed and commissioned by E Factor, a leading event planner that provides end-to-end solutions for the creation of unique experiences in India. A total of eight Christie Crimson WU31 laser projectors were used for this permanent installation.

“Over the past few years, Christie Crimson Series has breathed life into numerous landmarks across India, and we are well-versed with its exceptional specifications and capabilities,” said Jai Thakore, co-founder and chief operating officer, E Factor. “After conducting extensive market research, we chose the Crimson WU31 projector for this project, as it met all our requirements in terms of brightness, performance and installation flexibility. We are excited to deploy them to showcase one of India’s most iconic landmarks in the best possible light.”

The Crimson WU31 projectors are positioned 100m away to deliver optimum visuals on the monument. The projectors housed in enclosures are then fitted on towers positioned 100m away from the monument, ensuring that the projections are visible from a distance. To further enhance the visual experience, additional rolled-in screens are deployed on all three arches of the Gateway of India. This is the first time such an approach has been taken, resulting in a multi-dimensional and multi-layered experience that complements the existing façade of the Gateway of India.

“The Christie Crimson WU31 projectors exceeded our expectations in terms of brightness and colour accuracy. They successfully showcased specially created visual content on the façade of the Gateway of India monument, much to the satisfaction of our stakeholders. We are proud of the outcome and the impact that it has had on the monument’s overall visual appeal,” Thakore added.

Rishubh Nayar, sales director for India, Enterprise, Christie, commented: “We’re thrilled that the Gateway of India is illuminated using our Crimson WU31 laser projectors for this magnificent light and sound show, which commemorates Maharashtra’s significant role in India’s independence movement. We extend our warmest congratulations to the E Factor team for creating an awe-inspiring spectacle that aptly showcases the full potential of our laser projectors.”

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