Based in Germany, Circus Roncalli has broken with a years-long tradition when it comes to the spectacle of horses, elephants, monkeys, and lions. Rather than subjecting flesh-and-blood animals to cruel cages and dodgy training methods, they've created animal holograms instead.And the results, we're thrilled to report, are spectacular.
Formed in 1976, Circus Roncalli recently decided to change things up in an attempt to fight the circus industry's controversial reputation for animal cruelty.
Never fear—the show still features tusks and tails, along with fiery circles and acrobats. But, in a worldwide first, none of the animals are real! Roncalli has created 3D holographic images from projectors while filling the arena, which measures in at 105 feet wide and 16 feet deep with 360° visibility for the entire audience.
Roncalli's agency TAG/TRAUM in cooperation with Bluebox partnered with Optoma, and nearly a dozen ZU850 laser projectors were installed for the holographic experience, which is downright mesmerizing.
Bluebox's Birger Wunderlich said "We have been using Optoma projectors for 6 years and have consistently had a very positive experience in price, performance, and reliability. We needed a high contrast projector with great colors for the 3D effect and the ZU850's 2,000,000:1 contrast is perfect for this project."
The bold move comes amid increasing worldwide concerns about show animals. Activists have accused many circuses of beating, starving, and keeping their animals in unsanitary conditions while they "do their jobs" on increasingly tight schedules.
Notably, there is a proposed legislation in the UK which would ban traveling circuses from using wild animals from 2020.
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