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It Looks Like An Art Exhibit, But Then The Monkey Escapes

If you've ever walked through an art gallery, you've probably been impressed by how realistic those sculptures and paintings can get. But have you ever asked yourself what would happen if one of them actually came to life?

Well, you're in for a treat. The team at Skullmapping, an animation studio based in Belgium, has a pretty cool answer.

In their newest 3D projection mapping video, a feisty monkey is brought to life by a mischievous graffiti artist. The incredible video, titled Gallery Invasion, tracks the chase scene between monkey and miniature man as they race around the gallery room's paintings.

The daring defacer uses his spray can to bring the monkey to life, but when the monkey chases him, the little man animates an airplane and a race car to help him escape the charging chimp!

It was privately shown in the gallery of Antoon in Leuven, Belgium, but you can watch this incredible video online here:


Antoon Verbeeck and Filip Sterckx are the founders of Skullmapping. According to their website, they have been working together since 2010 "to develop stories with stunning bespoke visuals and find new ways to surprise our audience."

How do they do it?

In an interview with Commercial Integrator, they explain that they used a Panasonic PT-VZ570U projector with a special mirrorhead mounted on the front of the projector's lens.

The mirrorhead is motorized, programmable and can pan up, down and rotate 270 degrees. So, they programmed the  mirrorhead to follow the same movement as the animation. After the space was created using 3D software, the paintings were arranged in an order that followed the character's movements.

Speakers were arranged throughout the gallery to allow for sound to move around the space together with the animation.

Sterckx says that the monkey's agility comes from the work they did with gymnastics champion, Nicolas Vanhole, who also does parkour as their model.

"It did leave the audience amazed at how this is done. We've all become used to seeing mapping projects on all types of objects, but to see characters moving freely over multiple walls, ceiling and even floors with just one projector and a discreet setup is quite magical."

Want to see some more?

This isn't their first enchanting piece of 3D mapping though. To their delight, and ours, their earlier works: Le Petit Chef, Le Petit Chef - Bouillabaisse and Le Petit Chef - Dessert were an internet sensation.

Watch these awesome little chefs! Bon appetit!




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