In 2019 York BID brought ‘Creatures of the Shadows’ to the city for Halloween - the UK’s first outdoor dynamic projection display of it’s kind.

Two sites in York city centre were the locations for York BID’s ‘Creatures of the Shadows’ Halloween event. Running from 29-31 October after dark, Castle Museum and Library Square were transformed with dynamic projections, complete with sound and light.  

The unique display was a collaboration between York BID (Business Improvement District) and Polestar Productions. The addition of a Halloween event to the BID’s calendar of events is part of the BID’s overall commitment to enhancing the city’s programme of events for all who live, visit, study and work in York.  

The dynamic projections included both earthly and paranormal creatures appearing from the shadows and offered an atmospheric and immersive family experience.

Tony Gill of Polestar Productions said “This type of system is usually used in cinemas and theatres. This is the first time it will be used in this country in a city setting. We’ll be using six projectors in total – three at each site. “

Video projectors can normally only project on the surface directly in front of them. The Dynamic Projection Institute Mirror head system takes them out of that straight jacket - it enables a projector’s output to be dynamically moved anywhere within a 180 by 160-degree arc under the control of specialist software. The mirror head systems versatile design means that multi projector systems can be implemented using larger media servers, as will be the case in York.

Carl Alsop, Operations Manager the York BID, ‘We are really excited to introduce something new to the city during the Halloween period, we think people will really enjoy the projections on some of York’s finest buildings. It is something we would love to build on next year and have some exciting ideas about how we can add something totally different.”’


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