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LOBO's Interactive Laser Show

LOBO electronic recently premiered its first interactive laser show at Germany’s Holiday Park. LOBO’s Alex Hennig said the show worked better than expected, with thousands of audience members eagerly responding to the commands of a laser-projected girl.

The show, performed this summer in the theme park’s Aqua Stadium, featured a floating water screen, four laser systems, and 18 fog generators. The laser-projected girl gave the audience instructions (such as waving hands, clapping, and singing along to the music). “Surprisingly, the audience really followed even the most demanding actions and this concept really had a booster effect,” said Hennig. To add more excitement, the audience was given small battery-powered fiber lamps that turned the audience area into a sea of moving lights.
 

 

 

 

LOBO's laser girl gets audiences moving (left), while beams entertain at sunset during the Holiday Park show..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Laser Buddhas

Los Angeles artist Hiro Yamagata is making ambitious plans to use lasers to commemorate two 1,600-year-old Buddha statues destroyed by the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

In a proposal to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) backed by the Afghan government, Yamagata proposed using 14 laser systems to project over one hundred “faceless” Buddha images on a four-mile long stretch of the Bamiyan cliffs. The full-color images—more abstract than representational—would continuously change shape when they are projected in 2007.

UNESCO has yet to approve the $9 million project, although Yamagata has begun fundraising of his own. The multimedia artist has created several large-scale laser installations in the past, most notably at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

The mountainous area where the 175-foot high Buddha statues were located lacks electricity, so Yamagata has proposed the novel idea of using 140 4,000-kilowatt windmills to generate electricity. The windmills would also provide power for nearby villages.

"I'm doing a fine art piece. That's my purpose — not for human rights, or for supporting religion or a political statement," said the 58-year-old artist. Images of the proposed laser projections can be found on Yamagata’s Website, www.hiroyamagata.com.

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