Ancient Seas: Projection Mapping at Clearwell Caves

We were commissioned by Clearwell Caves to create an immersive video experience in one of their partially flooded underground caverns. The experience brings to life the ancient history of the caves, focusing on the fossil remains that make up the Crinoidal Limestone from which the caves were formed during the Carboniferous period.

The installation uses three projectors to show photo-realistic 3D animations. Seven species of fish are brought to life, swimming through the underground world for the first time in more than 350 million years, projected onto the cave walls and into pools of water. Jonathan Wright, the owner of Clearwell Caves, describes the result as “superb”, adding “it does everything we wanted it to, creating an amazing spectacle that brings the story to life without impacting the magic of place. The projections are beautifully integrated into the shape and texture of the caverns. Visitors are consistently amazed – the projections into the water are so convincing and the movements so life like, that it takes a while before people realise the fish aren’t real and even then they can’t figure out how the the effect is created.” Reviewers on TripAdvisor are similarly impressed, also using words like “amazing” “spectacular” and “beautiful”, describing it as the “highlight” of their experience.

Video installation at Clearwell Caves.
Video installation at Clearwell Caves.