Friday, May 20, 2022
Our First Post-Covid Cruise
No, really, we are not Luddites!!!
But strangely, we were not aware of the ever-increasing presence of projection mapping in advertising and entertainment. We did not know one of the first displays of projections onto 3D objects debuted at Disneyland in 1969 with the opening of their Haunted Mansion attraction. Nor did we attend the Stephen Sondheim Broadway production of Sunday in the Park with George in 1984 where projection mapping was used at the end of Act II in a special effects sequence. In 1990, the concept of projection mapping was investigated academically at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by a team working on a project called “office of the future” aiming to project people into an office space as if they were really there!!! Who knew?!? Well, not us!!!
Obviously, we have been aware that buildings, fences, streets, and a myriad of other surfaces can be magically transformed for entertaining or advertising purposes. We have seen the Sydney Opera House lit up for special occasions; and Cinderella’s Castle lit up at Disneyworld. And it’s very likely that many of you have witnessed DJs accompanying their music with synced visuals. But who knew this was projection mapping!!!
We did not.
But now we do!!! We were, in fact, enchanted with the Le Petit Chef aboard the Celebrity Millennium. Friends had suggested we give it try. After the first dinner, we gathered a group of friends and signed-up for another!!!
Here’s a little background on Le Petit Chef:
In 2011, two friends (Antoon Verbeeck with a background in fine arts painting and Filip Sterckx with a background in both directing and animation film) joined forces and founded Skullmapping in Leuven, Belgium. In response to a client’s query regarding a projection unto a tabletop for an upcoming event, Verbeeck and Sterckx came up with the concept of a small chef who cooks your dish on your plate. The client went with a different plan; but the two artists were excited about their initial idea and chose to develop it further. They produced a demo to show restaurants and events companies as they hoped to do one or two events using this idea. They wound up overwhelmed with emails and phone calls!!! Their program opened in restaurants all over the world.
And then there’s Celebrity Cruise Lines.
In August 2021, Celebrity, well known for “fun yet classy” innovations joined with TableMation and Skullmapping to present Le Petit Chef aboard the Celebrity Edge. Today, it is available aboard several Celebrity ships.
Here are photos of Le Petit Chef aboard the Celebrity Millennium:
Actually, it was so much fun….
…..we will do it again later this year aboard the Celebrity Equinox!!!
You know you’ll hear all about it!!!