Slany Museum Projection

A return visit to the Museum of Local History in Slany – this time drawing on the facade of the building. As this was to be part of the Christmas events in the town, the brief was to draw something seasonal – and also suitable for the museum.Over a photo of the front of the museum I prepared this Tagtool drawing in the studio, which Dima captured so that it could be speeded up to last about 15 minutes when projected onto the facade of the building. (The landscape, with Slany hill in the background, was loosely based on historic engravings in the museum’s collection.) The plan was that on the evening of the performance, as we had done previously at Mlada Boleslav, this projection would run several times – giving me an opportunity to do some ‘live’ drawing in between.We hadn’t been able to test the big projector that we were using beforehand and unfortunately, although its lens covered the whole front of the building easily, when it got dark we discovered that it was just not bright enough to project the coloured detail in the drawing that I had prepared. This was extremely disappointing to say the least! Despite the temperature dipping below zero, a large audience had gathered in the square to watch the performance so we had to make a last minute change of plan… I just drew live for the whole evening – mostly large heads in monochrome with minimal detail, which was the only option that was going to work in this situation with this projector. I’m glad to say that no one complained!
I’ll end this post with a video of the drawing that we planned to show…

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