Laser Buc DaysBuc Days (short for Buccaneer Days) is one of the oldest festivals in Texas, operating continuously since 1938 to celebrate the coming of the summer season.  For the 2013 festival they decided to run laser advertising for the upcoming event projected on to the Bay Building (Compass Bank) situated near the nightlife district and close to Shoreline Drive next to Corpus Christi Bay.  The goals were to highlight the Carnival, the Children’s Parade, the Illuminated Night Parade, the Rodeo, tell where to buy tickets, and to present the main sponsor’s logos.

Laser Rodeo

Rodeo from Shoreline Drive

Laser Miller

Miller Logo from Shoreline Drive

We developed a 3 minute looping show that communicated all of the details – perhaps too many details!  Upon installing and viewing the show, we decided that it needed to communicate over a longer distance, so that people in the nightlife district and in cars driving by could get the messages.  We reprogrammed the show overnight to run the messages in a much shorter fashion and using larger text that moved less.  We were able to duplicate the show on both sides of the building.

Carnival highlight

Carnival highlight

Laser Night Parade

View from the entertainment district

One unique challenge of this show was projecting the lasers on to a severely concave wall – something rarely seen.  Using the “geometric correction” capabilities of the Lasergraph DSP, this was solved and the graphics looked great from any angle, and were readable from far away.

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