Projecting onto the Houses of Parliament to show support for the NHS in troubled times.

BRIEF

NHS England and Parliament UK asked us to light up the Houses of Parliament to celebrate International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday.

The timing was crucial, coming in the middle of the country’s COVID-19 crisis, and at a time when the nation was showing appreciation for health and care workers across the land.

Our display had to be visually stunning as we were projecting onto one of the most important buildings in the country. We also had to work through the red tape, set up and test with the minimum fuss, and fast.

EXECUTION

We set up on the South Bank of the Thames, opposite Parliament and appropriately by St Thomas’ Hospital. Our team used four powerful laser projectors to beam our images all the way across the Thames and onto a vast 257-metre by 80-metre section of the Parliament building.

We had just 45 minutes on-site to get the projection right, including all alignment and blending with the framework of Parliament. Content beamed onto the historic building’s façade included images of Florence Nightingale and recognition of our fantastic health workers.

WOW MOMENT

Even with the technical challenge, the result was awesome. Parliament staff blacked out the building, turning off spotlights and internal lights where possible, to show off our crystal-clear image to its best effect.

Not surprisingly, the display caught the attention of the media, and our efforts were covered by national TV and newspapers. It was an honour to work for NHS England and Parliament UK on this challenging but rewarding job.

UK Parliament logo

"It is an honour to have Florence Nightingale’s image projected onto Parliament"

Sir Lindsay Hoyle / Speaker of the House of Commons
The NHS graphic projected across the river on to the Houses of Parliament
The NHS graphic projected across the river on to the Houses of Parliament

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