LAKEVIEW — Imagine the Lakeview Athletic Club crumbling to a million pieces — then re-constructing itself seconds later.
That's what you'll see Sept. 12-14 when the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts takes over Broadway for the 10th year.
Local audiovisual company DCBolt Productions is spending each night of the festival projecting 3D lights and images onto the athletic club at 3212 N. Broadway.
DCBolt founder Devin Wambolt, 26, said he and four other designers pored over blueprints of the building to create a custom-tailored sound and light show that will interact with the front facade.
"We're going to play with the architecture [of the building] — highlight the contours, have the lights shatter, have particles fall and interact with different pieces of architecture," Wambolt said.
The designer said some lights will look like rippling waves of water coming down the building. Others, which will be perfectly aligned to the club, will mimic crumbling concrete or rocks.
"We're going to make it look like it's dancing — basically just play with illusion and light," Wambolt said.
"It's going to be something that the general public really hasn't seen much of in the Chicagoland area," said Maureen Martino, executive director of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the festival.
Martino said she first saw 3D mapping on a trip to Orlando several years ago, and was elated to learn that Wambolt produced similar effects right in Lakeview.
The designer's show will start at dusk and run until 11 p.m. on each night of the festival. His team will constantly tweak the projections based on input from the night before.
"Our hope is to come out with new loops and new visuals each of the three nights," said Wambolt, who studied at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy and founded his company in Chicago in 2012.
Some of the projections will highlight the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts' 10-year history with imagery from past festivals. Former featured artists should see their work projected onto the athletic center.
"We're really just giving people something fun to look at," Wambolt said.
The festival of the arts kicks off at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 with an anniversary concert. There'll be live music, an English garden oasis, gallery exhibits, kids activities, food and wine through the evening of Sept. 14.
There's a $5 suggested donation. Anyone who donates is entered to win round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets.
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