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Videlio goes underground for military worship event

Videlio goes underground for military worship event

Videlio goes underground for military worship event


In 1945, with the just-ended Second World War still scaring the landscape, Mgr Jules Saliège, the Archbishop of Toulouse, created the idea of having a gathering of wounded military personnel in Lourdes – this became Pélerinage Militaire International. The concept quickly blossomed and within three years, soldiers from many nations, often former enemies, were coming together at the annual event to worship.

Today, PMI, as it is called in France, attracts some 14,000 military pilgrims from 40 different nations. This year, its services at the Basilica of Saint Pius X were enriched by a new lighting system that features 79 Chauvet Professional projectors supplied by Videlio.

Working with Vincent Fernandez, audiovisual department manager at the Sanctuaire de Lourdes, Videlio business manager Jean Camlong and Videlio project manager, Joel Cathala, oversaw the installation of the new fixtures throughout the spacious basilica, which has an oval nave that measures 201m x 81m (LxW). In addition to installing the new units, the production team reused some of the existing fixtures and renovated some of the electrical and DMX lines.

The Basilica of Saint Pius X is sometimes informally known as the Underground Basilica, since the building is located almost entirely underground, beneath the Boulevard Père Rémi Sempé. This subterranean design, a tribute to the famous grotto of Lourdes, has lent itself to some dramatic architectural features. The interior of the building slopes gently upwards from the centre location of the sanctuary, which is located on a raised platform. The low ceiling is supported by 58 concrete pillars which connect to 29 concrete beams which cross the ceiling, creating a dramatic visual impression and a wide-open space in the nave.

The lighting system aims to ensure that visitors enjoy a vivid well-lit view of the basilica. A collection of 30 Ovation F-265WW Fresnels and three Ovation E-260WW ellipsoidals provide smooth even fields of light across the basilica, while two Ovation E-910FC units add textured colours. A group of 36 Ovation P-56WW Pars and four Ovation P-56 FC Pars create accent lighting for the altar, while four Rogue R3X Wash moving fixtures add a variety of effect.

“Our goal was to replace the old lighting system and its dimmers with a more powerful, versatile and energy efficient solution, and to improve colorimetric rendering for video recording and diffusion,” said Cathala. “The Chauvet projectors helped us achieve these objectives.”

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