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Imax 'demolition' to launch Arts by the Sea Festival
HOW IT MIGHT LOOK: Projection mapping is used, left, to transform the facade of the iconic Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building in New York
BOURNEMOUTH’S reviled Imax cinema is to be “demolished” on Saturday September 29 at 9.15pm.
But the destruction is all an astonishing illusion, planned as to launch the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival.
The “demolition” will be the climax of a show called The Secret Incident, which will use state-of-the-art projectors and an army of visual and sound pioneers.
The arts and technology collective Seeper has been working with festival organisers to produce a large 3D “projection mapping show” which will be beamed onto the building.
The use of images, sound, special effects and light will culminate with the “disappearance” of the Water-front Imax building.
The Secret Incident is set to be a highlight of the Arts by the Sea Festival, which runs until October 29.
This includes more than 100 events across various art forms including digital arts, film, live scores, dance, music, theatre, sculpture and exhibitions.
The real dismantling of the Imax, just over 10 years after a giant-screen cinema opened in the building to disappointing business, is due to begin in the days after the event.
Bournemouth Council plans to replace it with an events space until a developer can be found to create a longer-term use for the site.
It set aside £8.5million for acquiring the site, ousting the businesses in it demolishing the building and preparing the new space.
Seeper, founded in 1998, is a collective based in East London which specialises in interactive installations and performances.
The Secret Incident is a free event, with no booking required.
Planning consent for the Waterfront demolition to ground floor level and use as space for public use and events has been granted.
Councillor John Beesley, pictured, Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “Nothing like this on such a large scale has ever been done before in Bournemouth.
“I am sure it will be a memorable moment that many local people, who have repeatedly told us how much they hate the building, will want to see.
“The Council is delighted to be able to bring this event to Bournemouth.
‘The Secret Incident’ will mark the climax of the 2012 Arts by the Sea Festival opening, signify the beginning of the end for the IMAX building and the precursor to an ongoing, exciting events programme on the Waterfront site.”
Council leader welcomes a 'memorable moment'
Following the projection, works will begin on site in October to prepare for the dismantling of the building.
“The new Waterfront events space will be open for Summer 2013 and available to host theatre and arts performances, music and dance, sports and community events.
A live webcam will be in situ during the dismantling works for people who would like to see the progress on site and watch as the sea views are gradually restored.
To view the webcam live (from September 29), or for any other information about the project visit bournemouth.gov.uk/waterfront and for full details of the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival see artsbournemouth.org.uk/festival