Case Study:
Cherbourg
La Cité de la Mer

Cherbourg was used by millions of transatlantic passengers beginning in 1933. The station was partially destroyed by the Germans during the World War II, then rebuilt by Americans, who used it as point of supply. Following the war passenger traffic then began again, until the disappearance of the large steamers. The building was saved from demolition in 1989.

Now the station has come alive again, thanks to scenic designers X Largo.

Client
Name Cherbourg
Contact citedelamer.com
Contractors
Designer X Largo
Equipment
Audio 8-TraXX
Video DVM4
Lighting LightCue
Show Control V16+

A new presentation tells the story of the dreams and vexations of the immigrants who passed this way.

The technical part of the show was entrusted to Axians, who used five Alcorn McBride DVM4s, an 8TraXX, a Light-Cue and special effects, all controlled by a V16+. The Axian team put in long hours programming the system to be ready for a very important visitor, Cherbourg was one of the first stops for the new Queen Mary II (which also uses Alcorn McBride equipment).

a jewel of Art deco

The creation of La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg is the result of the will to explain and share human adventure under the sea, by illustrating through the history of the town and its traditions, the construction of submarines and the scientific saga associated with it. La Cité de la Mer is not only a task of rehabilitation, but also of renovation and construction around a building unique in Europe, a jewel of Art deco: the old Cherbourg maritime terminal. By creating La Cité de la Mer, the Urban Community of Cherbourg is today working in the continuity of the historical heritage of Cherbourg.

 





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