07 Mar 2003
An impressive array of laser and lighting effects is attracting visitors to China's dinosaur park near Shanghai.
Breathtaking laser displays and light effects are central to a new multimedia theatre that recently opened at a theme park in China. The Chinese Dinosaur Park near Shanghai combines laser light with, water screens, fountains and holographic images to create a stunning 20-minute light show dedicated to the prehistoric era.
LOBO electronic, a German firm specializing in laser display technology, spent 18 months preparing and designing the state-of-the-art light effects. The Aalen-based firm says that much of the work was prepared at its studios in Aalen in advance and then integrated into the theme park in the space of just a few days.
A crucial element of the show is a 20 m wide high-density water screen onto which serves as a backdrop for a series of spectacular images created by LOBO's laser and video projectors. The clever use of mirrors also creates impressive 3-dimensional images of giant dinosaurs. According to a spokesman for LOBO, two Coherent PureLight Star Lasers (mixed gas / white light gas ion lasers), each delivering up to 5.5 W of optical power have been used in the installation.
LOBO was founded in 1982 by Lothar Bopp and has won a string of artistic awards for its laser shows. At the year 2000 millennium celebrations in Berlin, more than 2 million spectators gathered to watch a LOBO laser show at the city's famous Brandenburg gate.
Oliver Graydon is editor of Optics.org and Opto & Laser Europe magazine.