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. 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, the project was launched in an open call for proposals that Minus5 Architects and Studio Mr.White won after a transparent selection process based on criteria such as content creativity, potential for positive impact on tourism and technical innovation.
Our winning proposal for this non-profit project also 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 for its floating situation offering for the projected visuals potential rich reflections over the surface of the water. The citadel's proximity to the premises the Byblos international Festival would also heighten the summer celebration experience for both the Byblos visitors and the festival goers. Each historical period of the city was depicted in a creative way capturing visually the essence of that time. 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.
Coinciding with the Scorpions concerts at the Byblos International Festival, the projection event ran successfully for two days with overwhelming positive feedback from the audience and the media which led the event to be extended for a third day.

Type: 3D Projection Mapping
Client: The Municipality of Byblos-Jbail

Credits:

3D Projection Mapping Concept and Execution
STUDIO MR. WHITE AND MINUS5 ARCHITECTS

Art Direction
HANI ABYAD / DANIEL GEORGES

Technical Director
OMAR YOUSSEF

Collaborating 3D artists
OCTAVE URECHE / OVIDIU EFTIMIE / CEZAR IONESCU

Music tracks
"BATTLE HORDES" by Dan Skinner & Adam Skinner
"SPAWN OF THE DRAGON" by John Sponsler and Tom Gire / BRAND X
"DOGS OF WAR " by John Sponsler and Tom Gire / BRAND X

Projection and Sound
HIGH DIMENSIONS

Video Recording
DEEP FRIED CHEDDAR

Video Editing
STUDIO MR. WHITE AND MINUS5 ARCHITECTS

This EUROPEAN UNION Funded project was initiated by:
The Municipality of Byblos -- Jbail
ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme
International Augmented Med (I AM)

Special thanks to:
DANIEL ASMAR and AYOUB BARK

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