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DEC 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.18 73 Lazer Daze By Jenny Kiefer / Photos by Mickie Winters DESIGN Ryan Daly is a "laserist." Transla- tion: "One of my favorite things to do is sit around and click buttons on lasers," he says. A few years ago, Daly, who founded the Louisville Film Society and the Flyover Film Festival, began transitioning from •lm to projection mapping (e.g., using projectors to transform walls into can- vases). Soon, he found himself in need of lasers. And his friend from high school, Garrett Crabtree, one half of the local DJ duo Glittertitz, is the kind of guy you call when you need lasers. ‡e two designed Halloween and Christmas shows at the site of the former Waverly Hills Sanatorium, and by 2015 they founded Lapis Laser Display. (Fun fact: Daly says not even 100 laserists showed up to the 2016 Interna- tional Laser Display Association Confer- ence in Baltimore. He and Crabtree were there, of course.) If you've seen any laser work in town (besides the shows to music by Pink Floyd or Radiohead at the Rauch Planetarium on U of L's campus), it's likely that it was by Daly and Crabtree. "Lasers are a really unique beam of light," Daly says. "You kind of have to experience it for yourself." ‡eir light beams have scrolled across the ceiling above a headphone-wearing crowd during a silent disco at the Speed Art Mu- seum. A neon-purple outline of a horse ran in place for a Derby party at 21c. Green laser lights created a cone around a dancer for the Louisville Ballet's production of Swan Lake. For that one, Crabtree needed to cue the lasers live for each performance. "‡e ballet just about killed us," he says. ‡eir current project is a holiday-themed laser show inside a geodesic dome, a similar (but much smaller) version of the famous structure at Disney World's Epcot. In early November, Daly and Crabtree constructed the dome ožsite in Butchertown, so they could complete a test run of the show. Specialized software mapped the six lasers. ‡ink visions of sugarplums dancing in red, neon-hued Dancer and Dasher pulling old St. Nick, green boxes with bright red bows. All to a holiday soundtrack mixed by Crabtree. ‡eir inspiration was a show they did in a cave for the Speed Art Museum. "We always had in the back of our brains: How could we do that again but control all the elements?" Daly says. ‡e 20-foot-tall geodesic dome will nestle inside the loop of the Big Four Walking Bridge from the day after ‡anksgiving until a late-night New Year's Eve party. Beyond the sloped sides will be a holiday village with steaming mugs of hot cocoa and cookies. What Daly and Crabtree are calling the Holiday Laser Dome will be a 15-minute show that, Crabtree says, will hopefully become "a Louisville sort of tradition." A geodesic dome is one of the strongest structures, relying on tessellating triangles to form a sphere. ‡e Holiday Laser Dome has three layers: a weatherproofed plastic exterior, a layer to block out the sun or late-night streetlights and, inside, a projection screen that suctions to the triangular grid. It takes two days, cranes and lifts to set it up. ‡e end result is like being inside a snow globe. "It's Coachella- worthy," Daly says. Enter the snow globe.

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