Zoo of Life

Celebrating 175 years of the Antwerp Zoo in style

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Painting with Light Works Smart for Zoo of Life Production

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Painting with Light has produced a vibrant, inventive visual solution for “Zoo of Life” a production directed by Luc Stevens to celebrate 175 years of Antwerp Zoo, being staged at the new Queen Elizabeth Hall venue in Antwerp, Belgium.

The main challenge? According to Painting with Light’s project manager, Wouter Verhulst, “Normally you might have two weeks to build a production on this scale and ambition, but we had just three days and nights!”



Luc Peumans designed the lighting and Painting with Light also provided lighting and video control for the show, an appealing contemporary tale about the Zoo and the love and loyalty that exists between animals and humans, complete with a volunteer cast of around 600 who joined professional actors onstage.

Due to the exceptionally tight get in and technical schedule – in on the Friday with the premiere on the Monday - Painting with Light harnessed the power of the disguise 4x4 server’s 3D and VR visualisation facilities.

Using the disguise visualisation tools in this way also meant that video content could be tweaked and edited in Painting with Light’s studio to Luc Stevens’ exact requirements as he worked through the action.

A Pepper’s Ghost effect was set up for one scene, utilising a 30K Panasonic laser projector shooting onto a special scrim, to create ephemeral holographic images of a Gorilla and an Okapi.

Luc Peumans comments, “We are all really proud to be part of this production. It’s hugely exciting working in this fantastic new space, and to be involved with such a popular and iconic local landmark as the Zoo. There’s been lots of camaraderie, and in spite of the many challenges, everyone from all the departments has been united and determined to produce something really special and memorable”.


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Luc Peumans Jos Claesen Katleen Selleslagh Sina Sohn Ivar van Dijk Wouter  Verhulst

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