by Contributing Blogger Maytal Wichman
They do it on the street, on stage, in traffic and even on the façade of historical landmarks. Yup, Moment Factory has done it again; this time on the façade of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall as part of the Atlantic City Alliance’s efforts to broaden Atlantic City’s appeal as a year-round destination that it not just about gaming. I am speaking about Duality, the newest creation from Moment Factory, a new media and entertainment studio based in Montreal. Duality is an 8 and a 1/2 minute light show that uses state of the art architectural mapping and 3D animation technology. Set to an original score written specifically for the show by Vincent Letelleir, Duality celebrates the history and personality of Atlantic City by featuring multi-colored geometric forms and lots of lights and bursts of colors coming from 12 HD projectors. (Read more after the jump)
I recently took part in a press trip along with 10 other out-of-town bloggers to cover the show which launched on July 4th. The event took place on the Boardwalk and included an amazing display of fireworks and a short Kevin Rudolph concert. Duality itself was everything I expected and then some. I especially loved the 3D animations that literally played tricks on my brain as I shook my head in amazement. Here is a video courtesy of Moment Factory, showing a segment from Duality and audience reactions. The show is best viewed from Kennedy Plaza and will play every night for one year, twice an hour, starting from around 9:30pm until 2am. It is free and open to the public. Throughout the year themes and colors will change but the one constant is and will remain: Boardwalk Hall.
Boardwalk Hall is an impressive gem of a building worth stopping by if you are by the boardwalk. Built in 1929, it’s been renovated beautifully due to a major $90 million dollar renovation project from 1998-2001. It houses one-of-a-kind artifacts, such as the largest pipe organ in the world, which is also the largest and loudest music instrument the world has ever known. Interestingly, the pipe organ is featured in Duality, along with many other symbols of Atlantic City’s history. Boardwalk Hall is best known for its concerts: The Beatles and Sinatra played here, as well as more recently: Lady Gaga. Coming up in July: Jennifer Lopez, Flo Rida, Cee Lo and Enrique Iglesias, with Cirque Du Soleil in August and Madonna in September.
All the bloggers including myself stayed at The Golden Nugget Hotel which was extremely accommodating with courteous staff. All of the rooms have been completely remodeled with flat screen televisions, iHome docking stations, custom designed bathrooms and beautiful furniture. Our room was clean, spacious, quiet, with a stunning panoramic view of the beach. We took a little dip in the pool and enjoyed the festive ambiance around the pool area and the great music. Because we were so high up (and near the ocean) there was a cool breeze that made us feel like there were giant fans everywhere, even though the weather was really humid and in the mid-90’s. The outdoor pool is open year-round and is the only heated outdoor pool in Atlantic City. The pool area also has hot tubs, private cabanas and fire pits. The Golden Nugget also features shops, restaurants, a spa, a marina, two venues for shows and, of course, a casino. We had breakfast at the buffet and were happy to have a large variety of delicious options to suit my family’s
picky eclectic taste.
According to Liza Cartmell, President of the Atlantic City Alliance, Atlantic City has long been known as a place that pushes the limits to showcase the new and the unique and this is just one more example consistent with its history of innovation. There are a lot more experiences in the plans, she says. I say, if you’ve got it, flaunt it. Game on, AC.
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Photos of Duality courtesy of Moment Factory.
Contributing Blogger Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Healthy Bites and also writes for Savvy Sassy Moms. She has been living in New York City for eleven years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but writing about nutrition and helping families eat better is her true passion. She grew up in both California and Israel, which explains her love for California cuisine (fresh, local ingredients), as well as Mediterranean food (flavorful, heart-healthy ingredients). Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to two kids (ages 5 & 3) and works hard to ensure they eat healthy, unprocessed food, while trying to make it as delicious as possible. Married to a vegetarian and being a pescetarian herself, this can be quite a challenge. On an ordinary night at her dinner table, you can hear things like “More cauliflower, please!”, “How come I didn’t get a lot of tomato?” and “Fish oil! Yaaaay!”