A 363-foot Saturn V rocket projected on the east face of the Washington Monument was part of the show.

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The world of visual communications is an ever-expanding language, and no company knows that better than England’s 59 Productions. As they say in their tagline, they “combine art and technology to tell amazing stories.” This project from last summer certainly fits that adjective.

The company that produced the video portion of the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic Games, 59 Productions also did the design and presentation for that country’s award-winning “David Bowie is …” exhibition. It was commissioned by the National Air and Space Museum to design and produce “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon,” a “recreation” of the story of the first moon landing to be shown for a brief time in Washington D.C., around the exact 50-year anniversary.

To tell the story, 59 Productions used full-motion projection mapping artwork that was shown via the Washington Monument for two days in July 2019. It featured a 363-foot Saturn V rocket projected on the east face of the Washington Monument as a main part of the show.

Using the projection mapping and featuring archival footage, the company broadcast the imagery onto the Monument and on surrounding, supporting screens, including a 40’-wide recreation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock.

Three free shows were held per night for two nights.

If you’d like to watch a video of the whole show, which is about 20 minutes in length, that can be found here.

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