3D projection project will commemorate 60th anniversary of Little Rock Central High's desegregation

Central High to get wrapped in 3D projection

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A new art and light event promises to be unlike anything Central Arkansas has ever seen.

UCA Professor Dr. Scott Meador is the creator and said the video is to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School. Little Rock Central High's exterior will be used as a canvas to view a 3D mapped video projection. The display will map the history of Little Rock Central High School.

"Projection mapping is an illusion and you can kind of transform the way the building looks as if it's moving or if it’s made of different materials," Dr. Meador said.

The eight-minute video will be projected directly onto the front façade of the school according to Meador. The project called Imagine If Buildings Could Talk will run every 15 minutes the weekend leading up to the 60th anniversary of the desegregation crisis.

"Imagery that matches all the architectural elements.  In several cases we kind of change the colors of the statues and we animate the statues, so they move around a little bit," he said.

Meador said through 21st-century visual effects, he will use images from school yearbooks to immortalize Central's school spirit.

"Went through a bunch of yearbooks to see what it looked like what it looked like here all the way from the school opened all the way to now," he said.

Historical footage of the crisis will transport viewers back to 1957. Meador said the video will end with hope for the future with artwork created by students across the state.

"I really got a sense of how much they love this school and how proud they are and that was exciting, that gave me a lot of inspiration for some ideas," he said.

The video also celebrates the 90th anniversary of the building. When it was built, Central High School was hailed as the most expensive, most beautiful and largest high school in the nation. It will be on display September 23 and 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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