Lightwave International uses 39W of full-color lasers to honor Cleveland Cavaliers NBA star LeBron James as MVP on a massive scale. With just 24 hours notice, Lightwave executed this laser spectacle for Nike on a 100’x 212′ black banner draping a building adjacent to the Cavs arena.
When you think of a movie projection screen, you think of a white screen. Imagine, instead, that you go to see your favorite movie at the theatre and the screen is black. You would probably request a refund and leave early – after all, you certainly wouldn’t be able to see any images on the screen.
Lightwave visual designers faced a similar challenge with this project: the projection screen was black. Producing the results seen in these pictures would require massive laser power. In fact, it would take an assembly of the world’s largest full-color lasers: four of them were on-site for this event.
The laser projectors were combined on the screen to increase brightness threefold and eliminate all flicker that is common with improperly used lasers or slow scanning speeds. This technique produced a net scanning speed of nearly 100,000 points per second on-screen and resulted in a sharp, consistent image.