Journey through our aviation history

A Waxeye case study

Journey through our aviation history
Motat Projection Experience

Joining forces with MOTAT's exhibitions team, Māori advisors, and artists, we set out to craft an immersive projection experience animating Aotearoa's aviation history.

Te Kōtiu, "swoop" in Māori, embodies the spirit of flight. From the epic 12000km journey of the Kuaka migration, to celebrating the growing diversity of the aviation industry; this immersive experience brings history to life. You'll see bold balloonists, pioneer George Bolt, and aviation legends like Jean Batten in an inspiring mix of video, animation, storytelling and soundscapes.

Through an elegant fusion of historical content, animation, narration, and sound design, with the innovative use of various projection surfaces; we have introduced an exciting new dimension to the aviation hall. The experience is designed to spark the imagination of visitors and take them on a journey through our rich aviation history.

The the sheer scale of the Aviation Hall and the use of it's many majestic aircrafts as projection surfaces, make Te Kōtiu a truly unique experience. Taking a little over 7 months to complete, we carefully curated and crafted 45 minutes of content into a 12-minute-long experience mapped across four different projection surfaces.

This project marks Waxeye's most significant exhibition endeavour to date, showcasing the our diverse range of creative and production capabilities. It included everything from motion graphics to an historically accurate 3D recreation of Richard Pearse's historic aircraft and the reimagining of his first flight with animation. Our immersive skills were also key to the creative development process, where we used a VR digital twin of the aviation hall to create a simulation of the experience.

We opted to project content onto the Aviation Hall's largest aircraft, the Sunderland and the Solent, covering an expansive 11-meter floor area. In addition, we also utilised a suspended transparent screen from the ceiling. To elevate this immersive experience, we strategically positioned directional speakers to synchronise surround sound with the visuals, infusing the environment with emotion, drama, and atmosphere.