Blitz lights up Southampton this Christmas
Wednesday, 18 December 2019
blitzDisplayed on the iconic Grade I listed Bargate medieval gatehouse, the projection show told stories of Southampton’s past, present and future
UK - Blitz, a GES company, brings Southampton’s unique history into the future with its three-day projection mapping experience, right in the heart of the town centre.
Taking place on the evenings of 21-23 November, this spectacular visual experience was commissioned by GO! Southampton, the Business Improvement District for Southampton City Centre, and is the official launch of a series of illuminations happening all over the city this winter.
Displayed on the iconic Grade I listed Bargate medieval gatehouse, the projection show told stories of Southampton’s past, present and future, narrated by the city’s mythical founder Sir Bevois, who regaled his tales to his friend - the Christmas Giant.
Using mapping technology, the projections revealed a unique visual experience never seen in the city before bringing the ancient monument to life. But this unique activation wasn’t without its challenges and put the digital creative team at Blitz to the test.
Samuel Iwaniak, senior designer at Blitz who led the project, explained: “Our biggest challenge was the unique canvas of the Grade I listed building on which the creative is displayed. The visuals span the length of the North side of the structure which is unfortunately not the most level due to its heritage. The show also included a broad range of footage from a number of stakeholders across the city including ABP Port of Southampton, Southampton Football Club, toob and the city’s archives - all of which needed to be brought to life.”
Giles Semper, chief executive of GO! Southampton said that this is a must-see display for both locals and visitors: “The projections not only demonstrate the rich and varied history of Southampton, but also showcase our city’s exciting future. We’ve had a great experience working with Blitz; they have been very responsive, and we’re delighted the content they’ve delivered.”

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