Thea Awards Recipients

Thea Awards 2015

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Live Show, Limited Budget

Grand Hall Experience at Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri USA

A large, permanently installed, indoor immersive projection-mapping experience that occurs in the historical Grand Hall of Union Station in St. Louis. Once the “Gateway to the West,” this location is now a new hotel, dining and shopping experience. The goal of the project was to drive visitation to the new properties while still maintaining the historic character of the original architecture.

Projected on the Grand Hall’s 65-foot-tall, barrel-vaulted ceilings and across the entire space, the 3D presentation is made up of 30 vignettes that take the guests on a fantastic journey from the depths of the sea to the Sistine Chapel to Busch Stadium. The show is a combination of projection, audio and LED lighting, all used to elevate the space and immerse the audience in the media event. The show differs nightly with every hourly evening performance, which gives visitors a reason to visit time and time again.

The project has not only rejuvenated a National Historic Landmark, but it is an engaging dynamic space that allows the audience to see the architecture in a whole new way. It is a well-thought-out show that uses the trains as a historical reference for time passing. The various vignettes and pieces are gorgeously rendered, uniquely stylized and fully-developed moments in time or place. 

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