This year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival offered no shortage of entertainment value, including performances by Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer, and many more, along with various art installations and other festival grounds fare. But perhaps the most awe-inspiring sensory display at the popular California desert event was “Chrysalis,” an 8-minute psychedelic experience projected onto a massive geodesic dome. The 360° audiovisual spectacle starts with a “Shamanistic rite-of-passage ceremony,” and embarks from there on a breathtaking cosmic odyssey.Obscura Digital, the firm responsible for the exhibit, is a San Francisco-based creative technology studio that orchestrates entertaining, informative, and educational experiences with interactive installations, large-format architectural projections, and immersive environments that generate a sense of awe and inspiration for live audiences. Thanks to the Obscura, you can watch footage of the entire light show below (though, of course, a conventional video can’t really come close to capturing the full Antarctic Dome experience):You can also watch Obscura Digital’s official recap video from the installation, which gives some added perspective on the awesome scale of the spectacle and the dumbstruck reactions of its thoroughly satisfied patrons:As the project’s Creative Director Joshua Pipic explained to Vice, “The power of it is that it’s not just a VR headset—it giant and powerful and really takes up all the space in front of your eyes. People overuse the word ‘immersive,’ but it’s the most immersive thing I’ve ever worked on.” And when Pipic says this is the most “immersive” project he’s worked on, you can trust it’s coming from a reliable source: Obscure has designed and brought to life innovative audiovisual exhibitions on the facades of such iconic structures Empire State Building, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Sydney Opera House, and more. You can check out more of Obscura’s incredible work on their website.[h/t – Vice][Cover photo via Obscura Digital]
BREWER — The outdoor track season came to an end Saturday afternoon as Hancock County athletes competed at state championships in Brewer and Farmington.At the Class B championship meet in Brewer, the Mount Desert Island boys placed third of 30 teams with 40 points. Gilbert Isaacs claimed an individual state championship for the Trojans with a distance of 55 feet, 9 1/2 inches in the shot put. Junior Zoe Olson placed second in the 800-meter run for the MDI girls, who took 13th overall.For Ellsworth, Javon Williams took seventh in the 300-meter, ninth in the long jump and 10th in the 100-meter dash. The girls’ 4-by-100 relay team of Anna Brown, Maddie Nida, Paige Sawyer and Addi Laslie took seventh in the 24-team field with a time of 54.56 seconds.Bucksport had a strong day at the Class C championships at Mount Blue High School in Farmington with multiple state champs crowned. Senior Carter Tolmasoff won the boys’ 100- and 200-meter dashes with respective times of 11.12 and 22.94 seconds, and Addie Morrison, Angelina Cotoni, Britney Bussey and Johanna Stiles combined to take first in the girls’ 4-by-100 relay with a time of 53.60 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGeorge Stevens Academy’s LeeAnn Varnum won the girls’ shot put with a distance of 31 feet, 8 inches. Ian Renwick placed fifth in the long jump and eighth in the 200-meter dash for the GSA boys.For the Sumner boys, Logan Carter placed 11th in the 1,600-meter run. Blue Howard placed 11th in the javelin throw for the girls.