Epson lights up Fontevraud Abbey with its video projection solution
Fontevraud Abbey, considered one of the most important monasteries in Europe, installed a striking AV project called Paint to bring colours to the heart of the building. To achieve this, the Abbey chose Epson's installation projectors for their outstanding performance and excellent image quality.
Fontevraud Abbey wanted to improve its visitor experience by delivering content in a more modern way. Digital technology had to play a key role, as it offers people a different way of appreciating culture and could provide a less austere image for this UNESCO world heritage site.
"Digital technology makes people question their habits and things that they were certain of, and think differently about their visit," says David Martin, General Manager of Fontevraud Royal Abbey.
This is how Paint was born. It's a device that allows visitors to use a stylus to draw on the walls of the nave using three touchscreens that are built into a table designed specifically for the project. The result is then projected onto the wall across an area of 75m². Paint is an original and playful way of bringing colours back into the abbey and making content more accessible to visitors.
The project required high-performance projectors so that the effect would look as close as possible to reality and could simulate murals accurately. Fontevraud Abbey therefore turned to Epson, thanks to its reputation for high-quality AV solutions.
"We needed projection solutions that were easy to use, very powerful and offered WUXGA resolution, which could function for ten to twelve hours a day, three hundred days a year. We chose the EB-Z10000U model, which satisfied our requirements perfectly" says Roland Roy, Commercial Manager at Axians, which supplied the equipment.
Fontevraud Abbey is now equipped with four 10,000-lumen EB-Z10000U models, which are very high-performance installation projectors designed for large spaces. Featuring 3LCD technology, they provide bright, high-quality images, with equivalent white and colour light output levels, even in broad daylight.
The effect has more than lived up to the abbey's expectations. The images projected onto the abbey wall are clear and the colours are bright. Impressed visitors even go so far as to touch the wall to check that the painting is not literally on the walls.