Content replaces large sets at the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 with a theatrical series of artistic expression via screen content and configuration.
The emphasis for these ceremonies was on artistic expression, so the creative vision of David Atkins was to create an intimate, theatrical series of artistic expression pieces. The screen configuration and content were to replace large sets and theatrical props, so the challenge was to create content that would create a uniquely different environment and atmosphere for each section of the show.
Spinifex created four large-scale scenarios that were projected onto a variety of screens including the stadium floor, 30 metre high vertical screens, 3 x 360 degree circular screens, 6 x 20 metre high vertical screens, 3 x circular podiums, and a massive 360 degree draped mountain screen: Whales: a live projection of 3D whales elegantly swimming across the stadium floor. Green Cathedral: interpreting Canadian artist Emily Carr’s artwork to create content that flowed up or dripped down across multiple screens, creating a continuous transferal of energy.
Field of Dreams: using the most technically advanced flying rig, a boy twirled and somersaulted across the stadium, triggering a field of softly waving wheat, ultimately breaking up into a thousand flying geese. White Ceremony: a technically-challenging projection onto the stadium floor and circular ceiling during the performance by French Canadian singer Garou. A torch runner made of ink ran across a watercolour landscape featuring iconic cities around the world. Peaks: a 360 degree view of the Rockies being covered by snow, along with a spiral of graphics creating a frenzy of light and action for the climax of the opening ceremony.