CENTRE SCREEN SETS MUSEUM OF LONDON ABLAZE! – “FIRE! FIRE!”
To mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, the Museum of London has mounted a major new exhibition: “Fire! Fire!” – and Centre Screen is fanning the flames with a range of AV and interactive multimedia installations.
At the heart of the exhibition, designed by Skellon Studio, is the City Ablaze wall: a two–projector panoramic view of the fire devastating the city. Centre Screen deployed a range of techniques, from specially commissioned illustration to advanced layering and masking methods, to recreate not only the chaotic patterns of flame but also create a genuine sense of 3D solidity on a 2D print.
The Baker’s House, meanwhile, is a projection-mapped installation featuring actors filmed against green screens. Set inside the infamous bakery on Pudding Lane, it tells how the Great Fire began. Also using projection mapping is an animation showing the spread of the blaze across the city, projected onto a giant loaf of bread!
Exhibition curator Meriel Jeater describes the whole experience as having a “story-book atmosphere that gives the sense of walking into another time”. Blending contemporary woodcuts with cutting-edge visual techniques, Centre Screen’s work has played a key role in creating that atmosphere, and we are delighted to have been involved in the Museum’s commemoration of this legendary disaster.