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27,000 attend Deep Time event

Castle rocks in digital artwork spectacular

Mapping the world: (photo by Terry Murden)

Mapping the world: (photo by Terry Murden)

Edinburgh Castle was last night transformed into a colourful canvas for a digital artwork telling the story of the city’s creation.

An audience of more than 27,000 turned out to watch a spectacular light show which opened the Edinburgh International Festival.

Message on the rock (photo by Terry Murden)

Message on the rock (photo by Terry Murden)

The projection on to the western facade of the Castle and the Castle Rock celebrated 350 million years of the city ‘s history.

Deep Time, sponsored by Standard Life, was produced by 59 Productions and was set to a soundtrack by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai.

Glowing in bright colours (Photo by Terry Murden)

Glowing in bright colours (Photo by Terry Murden)

The storyboard took two months to produce and was presented last night to an audience which managed to avoid a torrential rainstorm just hours before it began.

Deep Time was one of the largest architectural mapping projects ever created by the company which was involved in the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in London.

The event was three times the scale of the acclaimed 2015 Harmonium which was projected on to the Usher Hall. This year’s project required 15 kilometres of cabling and 42 projectors.

Signs of life (photo by Terry Murden)

Signs of life (photo by Terry Murden)

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