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Underground art

Transport for London’s (TfL), ‘Art on the Underground’ project showcases visual arts across the network. A few months ago, having commissioned a film from Broomberg & Chanarin, TfL was looking for the right kind of display to show the film in King’s Cross Tube station.

dnp Supernova Infinity ticks all the boxes

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Having been aware of dnp Supernova’s advanced contrast-enhancing technology for some time, TfL’s long-term specialist advisers, ADi Audiovisual approached VDL to supply and install a 5m wide dnp Supernova Infinity Screen as the central media display, which is paired with a Panasonic 10,000-lumen laser projector.  

Challenging Requirements

We were delighted to partner ADi on this project. The brief was somewhat challenging.  “In purely display terms, TfL wanted a seamless screen delivering top-quality HD video, and accurate colour rendering was paramount,” says Mark Wayman, ADi’s co-founder. “An LED screen of that size and resolution would have been extremely expensive, difficult to install and heavy. Relative to its size the Infinity is a lightweight system that is easy to install, is cost effective, can be of infinite size and is able to meet the super-accurate colour rendition requirement for this installation.”

But there were other criteria that also needed to be met. Understandably, TfL has the strictest of fire and safety regulations, and therefore an intensive review was first undertaken to ensure Supernova met these stringent requirements.  Weight was a further factor as the screen had to be installed on an existing glass balustrade.

An exceptional result

The screen itself is situated in the main ticket hall at Kings Cross tube station which has one of the largest footfalls across the tube network and will be viewed by passengers on both the lower and upper levels of the station.

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Reviewing the project, VDL director Greg Jeffreys, said “The unsurpassed quality of Supernova optical screen technology, together with the infinite size option of the comparatively lightweight and cost-effective Supernova Infinity Screen, delivers on all levels.  I am delighted that so many people will get to see what is achievable with projection screens of this size.”

Exceeding expectations

TfL’s Curator and Technical Programme Manager, Niamh Sullivan, is thrilled with the results. “The effect is simply amazing,” she exclaims. “When we commissioned this large display, we had no idea it would look this good.”

The 12-minute film made by Broomberg & Chanarin is called The Bureaucracy of Angels. It will run until 28-November at King’s Cross St. Pancras Station, close to the exit to Eurostar.