T.J. Wilcox – In the Air

T.J. Wilcox – In the Air

Freedom360 and Koncept VR assisted T.J. Wilcox in producing a unique piece of art installation for his show “In the Air” at the old Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. This was made doubly special by being the last show before the Whitney closed and moved to its new location in the Meatpacking District.

Joergen Geerds, founder of Freedom360 and Creative Director at Koncept VR, has an artistic, panoramic, and technological background and thus was a perfect match for T. J.’s project. The installation at the Whitney consisted of a cylindrical projection screen suspended from the ceiling that was 10 meters in diameter and 2.5 meters tall. The background film is a 35-minute time lapse of the NYC skyline from the roof of T. J. Wilcox’s atelier at Union Square. Six short stories about events and characters of the city are overlaid on top of the time lapse. The background time lapse is probably the largest and most expansive 360 time lapse created up to this point in 2013. The 35 minutes are compressed from shooting 17 hours in August, from before dawn to after dusk, one frame every second, which resulted in more than 60,000 frames in total.

In order to get good time lapse material for this project, Joergen Geerds used a Freedom360 mount in the 5X configuration, with 5 GoPro Hero3 Black cameras. Four cameras were roughly pointing North-East-West-South, and one camera was pointing up. This enabled us to create perfect hemispherical images with plenty of resolution (12,000 x 4,400px, or about 50 megapixel), running smoothly at 30 frames per second. The “In The Air” installation used only a section from the central part of the time lapse to accommodate the 2.5-meter tall projection.

As one can imagine, a project of this size, magnitude, and quality rarely goes off without a hitch. In this case, there were four false-starts in July, when the weather in New York City simply wasn’t cooperating: too many clouds, not enough clouds, sudden rain, excessive heat, etc. But finally in early August, the perfect day came: beautiful clouds, not too many, not too few, and beautiful summer weather. The shoot of the time lapse started at around 4:30 AM. Every 90 minutes, the memory cards needed to be switched. As the day progressed, cute clouds moved across the sky, the weather held, and at 9:30 PM it was a wrap.

Client

T.J. Wilcox

T.J. Wilcox
T.J. Wilcox
T.J. Wilcox
T.J. Wilcox

Freedom360 and Koncept VR assisted T.J. Wilcox in producing a unique piece of art installation for his show “In the Air” at the old Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. This was made doubly special by being the last show before the Whitney closed and moved to its new location in the Meatpacking District.

Joergen Geerds, founder of Freedom360 and Creative Director at Koncept VR, has an artistic, panoramic, and technological background and thus was a perfect match for T. J.’s project. The installation at the Whitney consisted of a cylindrical projection screen suspended from the ceiling that was 10 meters in diameter and 2.5 meters tall. The background film is a 35-minute time lapse of the NYC skyline from the roof of T. J. Wilcox’s atelier at Union Square. Six short stories about events and characters of the city are overlaid on top of the time lapse. The background time lapse is probably the largest and most expansive 360 time lapse created up to this point in 2013. The 35 minutes are compressed from shooting 17 hours in August, from before dawn to after dusk, one frame every second, which resulted in more than 60,000 frames in total.

In order to get good time lapse material for this project, Joergen Geerds used a Freedom360 mount in the 5X configuration, with 5 GoPro Hero3 Black cameras. Four cameras were roughly pointing North-East-West-South, and one camera was pointing up. This enabled us to create perfect hemispherical images with plenty of resolution (12,000 x 4,400px, or about 50 megapixel), running smoothly at 30 frames per second. The “In The Air” installation used only a section from the central part of the time lapse to accommodate the 2.5-meter tall projection.

As one can imagine, a project of this size, magnitude, and quality rarely goes off without a hitch. In this case, there were four false-starts in July, when the weather in New York City simply wasn’t cooperating: too many clouds, not enough clouds, sudden rain, excessive heat, etc. But finally in early August, the perfect day came: beautiful clouds, not too many, not too few, and beautiful summer weather. The shoot of the time lapse started at around 4:30 AM. Every 90 minutes, the memory cards needed to be switched. As the day progressed, cute clouds moved across the sky, the weather held, and at 9:30 PM it was a wrap.

T.J. Wilcox
T.J. Wilcox
T.J. Wilcox
T.J. Wilcox

Client

T.J. Wilcox

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