Westfield Centre San Francisco

Illuminique Under The Dome

The Westfield San Francisco Centre houses an important piece of San Francisco’s history. The old Emporium dome, unveiled in 1896, spans a mighty 102 ft. in diameter and served as a giant skylight for the mall for many decades. This winter, for the first time ever, Obscura Digital has illuminated the old Emporium dome with a 360-degree projection system that showcases a custom created holiday show with precise integration of the architectural details. The dome’s interior surface area of 11,781 square feet makes it nearly three times the size of a standard IMAX screen, Illuminique Under the Dome uses the latest techniques in projection mapping technology matching the architecture of a location to transform any surface into a dynamic video display. Customized Obscura Digital hardware and software are combined to wrap, morph, and mask projected images to fit pixel-perfectly onto irregularly shaped canvases.

The show, Illuminique Under the Dome, is a four-minute animated holiday story conceived and created by Obscura Digital in partnership with Westfield San Francisco Centre. A lively cast of holiday characters including sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers, and gingerbread men are brought to life under the Dome. They twirl, drum, and dance in unison creating festive melodies that contribute to a dynamic mechanical orchestra. The four-minute show crescendos as more toys join the brigade and the entirety of the 102-foot dome becomes one gigantic holiday music machine. The production is an unrivaled “must-see” experience for Bay Area locals and visitors from around the world.

Illuminique Under the Dome runs nightly November 25-December 31, every half hour, from 6-8:30 pm, except for Sundays, when the Centre closes at 8 pm. Architectural lighting effects and ambient holiday treatments are displayed between the daily 30 minute show cycles.

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