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Nashville Parthenon Lit In Its Original Colors

Organized and funded by Japan’s major television and radio network company, Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc., the projection mapping event on Monday, November 30 was for the long-running travelogue show ‘Sekai fushigi hakken!,’ which translates into English as ‘Discover World’s Wonders.’

Tokyo Broadcasting brought in local projection mapping company, DWP Live, to create the content and execute the event from a technical standpoint. Bright blue, green, red and gold hues bathed the entablature, which is the upper, horizontal column of the architecture. The columns on the front side of the architecture were lit with white light.

“The weather did not want to cooperate for us during the event. It rained for most of the setup and load-out. Despite the cold, rainy and muddy conditions, our team pulled everything off seamlessly,” said Danny Whetstone, DWP Live’s owner and president and the event’s projectionist and show leader. “It turned out to be an excellent, one-of-a-kind evening.”

DWP Live used four Barco HDF-W30 projectors, three Pandoras Box media servers and two outputs to map the building. DWP Live also provided light and sound for Nashville’sBlackbird Theater theatrical performers who accompanied the production.

“For a long time now, scientists have been interested in figuring out what the original colors of the Parthenon actually were. A lot of research went into rediscovering this historical information and Nashville is the only place that Tokyo Broadcasting could bring this research to life,” explained Rick Boot, DWP’s general partner and account manager for the project. DWP Live’s Department Head of Media Servers Clay Tipton served as on-site media server technician.

The Nashville Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and is the centerpiece of Centennial Park, a large public park just west of downtown Nashville.

Event was free and open to the public.

About DWP Live:

DWP Live provides projection mapping, video projection and related technology rentals. Founded in 2007 by Danny Whetstone, a 20-year industry veteran, DWP Live is headquartered in Smyrna, Tennessee and maintains an office in Los Angeles, California. DWP Live’s expert team of programmers, projectionists and technicians have helped produce shows all over the globe. Some of these events include the 2012 Beyonce’s “I Was Here” music video inside the United Nations General Assembly Hall for World Humanitarian Day and the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Madonna in that same year. Most recently, DWP Live projected for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals launch and the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in Philadelphia. Learn more at