The 100th Anniversary of Tuckahoe’s original Village Hall
The Generoso Pope Foundation’s building is featured in the heart of Tuckahoe. It was built in 1911 and served as Tuckahoe’s Village Hall. To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the building, AJ produced a “history-making” show. The show used the technique called “Projection Mapping”
“Projection Mapping” is defined as: a projection technology used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection. Instead of projecting an image in a state of flatness, the projection can interact with the surface by changing/morphing/moving it. To get the physical surface integrated into the show, the measurements of the surface must be put into the computer. In this case, every single square inch of the facade of the building had to be measured, recorded, and graphed into the computer. Technicians went back to the original architectural drawings of the building for reference, but since the drawings were created in the early 1900’s, they were not accurate. The technicians then had to hand measure the building themselves.
The show was advertised as a “3D Spectacular”, and it was just that. The reasoning behind the “3D” label is because of the projection technique. A computer generated model of the building was created in the process for the imaging to be set in place. Since a model of the building was projected onto the actual building, the show’s category falls under the “3D” category.
3 of the most powerful projectors in the world were used in the show. 2 projectors were reserved for the base of the building. Both projected at the same time, just in case one failed. The other projector was reserved to project onto the cupola on the top of the building. Since the cupola had its own projector, it had to be programmed separatley from the rest of the building.
Grucci fireworks worked hand in hand with both the Generoso Pope Foundation, as well as Light Harvest Studio, to pull off the first of the first of its kind show. The fireworks had to be positioned and set off precisley for the show to work. The Tuckahoe Fire Department had a truck and ladder stationed to the side of the building, while firework technicians patrolled the roof.
It was the first time projection mapping ever took place in Westchester County. It was also the first time, within Westchester County’s history, that fireworks were shot off of a building.
Seven days before the event, AJ released a statement to hint the public into what the celebration would entail:
One hundred years and the Pope Building is standing.
So now we all celebrate, the party’s expanding!
We have a surprise that we’ve done just for you.
I’ll give you a hint, a rhyme, or a clue.
It starts with a “p”, and the other with an “m”.
This show really shows of this building, this gem!
The square will go black, so no one can see,
but the building itself, in yes, 3D!
The second part, I warn you, it might give a scare.
But don’t worry, its fine. You’ll all watch and stare.
The party’s at 5, and you all are invited.
So come, Next Saturday! I am really excited!
A concert also took place at the event. Classic disco legends including: Tavares, France Joli, and Bonnie Pointer sang at the event
The show was advertised through various media sources, including: signage, newspapers, as well as radio.
Listen to the commercial which aired on ________ below: