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Virtual Aquarium Mermaids at City of Dreams
The virtual aquarium, using rear-projection technology, is one of the largest in the world to showcase aquatic life digitally. Manufactured by Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc., the panel featured mermaids "swimming" in the water at the grand opening to enchant guests.
Cotai, Macau, China (PR.com) July 20, 2009 - Mermaids swimming through a massive virtual aquarium made out of acrylic manufactured by Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. (RPT) greets guests at the stylish new City of Dreams resort and casino complex in Macau, China. The unique installation contributes to the upscale, trendy atmosphere of a casino aiming to rival those in Las Vegas in size, amenities, and grandeur.
Called the Vquarium, this extremely large rear projection panel projects video of marine life - including mermaids - for visitors to admire. This panel measures nearly 61 feet wide (18.5m) and 22 feet tall (6.6m) and was constructed in several pieces for ease of transportation and for on-site installation. Tipping the scales at 11 tons (10,000 kg), visitors are sure to catch a glimpse of underwater life as they stroll through the resort and casino complex.
"The Vquarium brings underwater life into the 21st century," stated RPT CEO Roger Reynolds, III. "While we've built aquarium windows even larger than this, it was a first for us in building a projection panel this large. This type of virtual aquarium will prove to be versatile with low maintenance costs for City of Dreams, which are key factors in evaluating long-term operating costs."
Behind each panel sits a rear projector that displays high definition, crystal-clear images on the acrylic. Water gently cascades down the face of the acrylic to enhance the "ocean" that is projected on the panel. The projection panels debuted with the opening of the complex with the help of a larger-than-life mermaid that swims on-screen and into the distance at the end of the short show.
"It was imperative that the guests get an incredible first impression upon entering the City of Dreams," stated JuliAnn Blam, Executive Vice President of Show Production for Falcon's Treehouse, LLC who was responsible for designing and producing themed concepts at the casino. "What better way than to make everyone's fantasy a reality? Mermaids are definitely the stuff of dreams!"
Blam went on to explain that it required a lot of hard science, fabrication experience, and installation know-how to make our imaginings a reality. "We asked Reynolds Polymer to help us invent a way to bring this idea to life," explained Blam. "They stepped right in during the design stage and partnered with us to develop solutions to several demanding elements. They stood beside us, shoulder-to-shoulder, through what was a very challenging installation. We are thrilled with the results, the partnership of Reynolds Polymer, and the ultimate reaction of the guests!"
About Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc.
Reynolds Polymer Technology is known as the leading manufacturer, fabricator, designer, and installer of R-Cast™ acrylic and resin sheets. Their products have been used extensively in the architectural, signage, aquarium, water-retaining, and scientific industries worldwide. With more than 25 years’ experience, RPT is constantly raising the standard for what can be done with acrylic and resins. Headquartered in Grand Junction, Colorado, RPT also has operations in Rayong, Thailand. Visit www.reynoldspolymer.com for more information.
Ed Mueck, Marketing Manager
Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc.