BYBLOS 3D Projection Mapping
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8000 years old Byblos celebrates its heritage
The Byblos projection mapping show was a free open public event celebrating the history of Byblos-Jbail, a world heritage Unesco city known to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world.
The project was funded by the Eurpean Union and initiated by a partnership between ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme / International Augmented Med (I AM) and the Municipality of Byblos.
Our winning proposal included identifying the best heritage site in Byblos for the video mapping event.
Though it would be the most challenging site, we chose the medieval citadel in the center of the old port to utilize water reflections as an organic part of the story telling process.
Each historical period of the city was depicted and creatively captured the essence of the era.
A flow of sequences was carefully designed to take the audience into a series of unexpected visual cliffhangers keeping their interest peaking throughout the whole 6min show.
A city alive with its people and culture.
The Byblos-Jbeil projection mapping show on the old port citadel has become a growing yearly free summer event of lighting and technology on this world heritage Unesco site.
It’s a refreshing and promising model of open public events in Lebanon thanks to the efforts of the Municipality of Byblos and hopefully encouraging similar ones around the country.
Living the Present
After celebrating the rich history of the city in the first edition, Studio Mr.White and Minus5 Architects decided to give the medieval fortress a new visual treatment shifting from the epic past to the lively present.
The inspiration focused more on the current active ambiance of the city and its flourishing nightlife that make the whole old town beat like a music box at night.
A Music Festival
The citadel’s proximity to the premises of Byblos international Music Festival heightened the summer celebration experience for both the Byblos visitors and the festival goers.
International bands were playing in the vicinity of the citadel and our visuals seems to marry with the music to enhance the general mood and experience.
For two years in a row the Citadel was an anticipated destination and the talk of the country.
On the first year, the projection event ran successfully for two days with overwhelming positive feedback from the audience and the media which led it to be extended for a third day.
The 3D mapping illusions were thought after by people from all over the country returning over and over to enjoy the show which looped every 15 minutes until midnight.
On the second year the highly anticipated show did not disappoint, instead it was extended from 6 minutes the previous year to 12 minutes and played for three days alongside Byblos International Music festival hosting bands the likes of Scorpions and Beirut.
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