NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM / Tank size projection graphics

The new ‘Foe to Friend’ exhibition at the National Army Museum in London tells the fascinating story how Germany has been at the heart of the British Army’s story since 1945. After the Second World War British forces based in Germany helped rebuild a devastated and divided nation. They provided protection during the Cold War, and later used Germany as a base from which to deploy troops across the world.

A centrepiece of the exhibition is the animated story of the 1984 multi-national military exercise ‘Operation Lionheart’. The biggest ever British Army exercise involving a massive 131,565 UK personnel – regular, reserve and Territorial Army.

Ouno Creative designed a five-minute looping audio-visual narrative that was projected onto a life-size wooden cut-out shape of a British Army Chieftain tank.

Ouno designers build a 3D model of the tank with animated wheels and tracks. The 3D model profile was accurately matched and projected onto the full-size wooden tank shape. This provided the base visual onto which historical video, sound FX, text and infographics were layered.

In ‘idle’ mode the base tank animation runs without the narrative graphics in a seamless loop, providing the effect of an actual tank in motion inside the museum. When a visitor approached the exhibition, motion sensors activated the story-telling part of the exhibit which displays archival film, graphics and audio within the shape of the tank.

The Ouno team were very excited to get this commission as it’s our first national UK museum project.

Go see it now at the wonderful National Army Museum.

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