Thursday, August 26, 2010

HARKNESS SCREENS supplies immersive space adventure "Exploration Space" at Kennedy Space Center


CAPE CANAVERAL, FL — BRC Imagination Arts turned to Harkness Screens when it was looking for an out-of-this-world custom frame and screen supplier for Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted, NASA's latest attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted incorporates live theater, interactive experiences and large-scale multimedia presentations to display what the future of space travel may look like. With four custom-shaped trapezoidal Harkness Contrast Grey front projection screens flying above the stage and two large main stage rear projection screens, the viewer is completely engulfed in imagery.

The main stage 16:9 Harkness Translite Super Grey 14 X 7.8 feet rear projection screen was also custom designed to fit into a scenic LED bezel. The second standard shaped Harkness Translite Super Grey rear projection screen, which is located to the right of the stage, measures in at approximately 12.5 X 12.5 feet. A scenic bezel is used to make a 12 foot diameter circular viewing area. The Your Destination exhibit uses a 14 x 19 foot Translite Super Grey rear projection screen to create stunning images of potential future destinations for NASA.

This marks the second time Harkness has provided presentation surfaces and custom frames for projects on which BRC, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and NASA have collaborated. The first was for Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Launch Experience, which opened to rave reviews in 2007.



“We were confident in Harkness' ability to address our complicated needs and provide superior quality screens and frames for this project, as they did previously for the Shuttle Launch Experience,” says Josh Cottrell, Project Manager at BRC Imagination Arts. “We originally chose Harkness for the Shuttle Launch Experience because it was the only company that could deliver a 20 ft x 40 ft screen that could be hung overhead in a flat orientation. On this project, Harkness once again took the challenge head on and did a great job. We have been very happy with Harkness’ products and have used them again recently for the USA Pavilion for the World Expo in Shanghai.”

Photos: BRC Imagination Arts

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