Immersive Nighttime Mapping Magic at Singapore Zoo

Rainforest Lumina is a new night-time attraction – conceived and integrated by award-winning multimedia entertainment studio Moment Factory – that keeps paying customers walking through the gates from sunset until late at Singapore Zoo. Carefully crafted to minimise disturbance to the park’s animal collection and native wildlife, visitors walk through a magical 1km wonderland of lighting and video-mapping effects, many of which are interactive. Tempest enclosures were used to ensure projectors were protected from the elements in the humid Singapore climate.

“When night falls in Singapore, the zoo shuts up shop and the people go home, right? Not anymore. This project is a stunning example of how projection mapping can create a powerful impact and open up new opportunities for business,” said Tim Burnham, Tempest’s President. “With the combination of projection mapping, lighting, audio and interactive elements, the zoo has created a fresh and engaging night-time experience for visitors – making unique use of the zoo landscape at a time when it would otherwise be shut, with no opportunity for additional revenue. The Moment Factory folk are so talented, and the lighting effects in particular are extraordinarily beautiful. What blew me away though was the way the kids immediately latched on to the interactive video-mapping toys – great fun!”

As part of the project, Montreal-based Moment Factory used five Tempest G4 Cyclone 55.210.L.IN and five Blizzard 52.100.LS.IN enclosures were installed to protect projectors from Singapore heat, rain and humidity.

In interactive games, visitors can sing and shout into microphones to cause video effects to magically appear, and jump up and down on pressure-sensitive pads, causing different cartoon animals to jump up out of the jungle vegetation in front of them.

Due to the installation location, Moment Factory opted to include Tempest’s Thermal Insulation Kits and Sun Shade Kits for additional heat protection. The Positive Pressure option was also enabled due to the proximity to the ocean, to prevent salt air ingress. The setting runs the enclosure fans all the time at low power, maintaining just enough positive pressure to prevent salt or other pollutants sneaking in when the projector is not running.

The concept has already proved to be a huge success, with installations planned in zoos all over the world.