Artists turn aging dome into must-see light show

When architect Max Berg observed the debut of Poland's Centennial Hall in 1913, little did he know that the massive concrete dome he designed would host a futuristic light show 99 years later.

A mere snapshot of the highly complex visualizations in Omicron, a projected animated art exhibit. Romain Tardy

Omicron, directed by Romain Tardy and Thomas Vaquie, serves as a permanent animated art exhibit that resides within Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Poland. The overwhelming light show uses an array of projectors to paint shapes upon the walls and massive ceiling.

For those not familiar with the superstructure also known as Hala Stulecia (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the massive building features a 213-foot diameter dome perfect for artsy projections.

Main inspirations for the design of the minimalistic experience derives from several heavy forward-thinking influencers from the 1910s and onward. As director Romain Tardy notes on his blog:

By using references such as Fritz Lang's Metropolis or the utopian projects of Archigram to confront the different visions of the future at different times, we were interested in trying to create a vision of a future with no precise time reference. A timeless future.

Don't miss the revealing video that shows the making of Omicron.

The designers also collaborated with art director Guillaume Cottet and Joanie Lemercier for 2D/3D mapping of the space. Current use for the hall, aside from tourism, includes sporting events and concerts (which usually involve audiences of more than 6,000 people).

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