Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed

Niagara Parks Power Station, Niagara’s newest landmark attraction, launched an interactive sound and light experience that shines a light on the historic facility.
Produced by the creative minds at Thinkwell Studio Montreal, the attraction is called Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed, and brings the Niagara Parks Power Station to life with visuals and a musical score.

The first major power station on the Canadian side of the Niagara River, the former “Canadian Niagara Power Company generating station” harnessed the energy of the Horseshoe Falls and turned it into a source of electricity for over 100 years. Today, the wonder of this hydropower pioneer highlights the history and architectural features of this structure.

Currents makes use of 23 laser phosphor projectors on five distinct surfaces (wall + floor + 3 turbines) using 3D mapping to create an immersive video environment. Thirty-two channels of interactive audio content are fed through 35 different speakers. Reactive elements use proprietary projector autocalibration and an interactive tracking system with six infrared blasters. Architectural LEDs were installed throughout the station, accenting the building highlights with complementary lighting and atmospheric effects.
The show begins at 6:30 p.m. every night and spans about 30 minutes in length and is split into three acts. The first act shows the geological creation of the Falls with water rushing down the 60-foot walls of the station and freeze onto the floor.

“This show could not happen anywhere else in the world. From concept to execution, it was inspired by the history, architecture and identity of this spectacular heritage building and its proximity to the Niagara River and Niagara Falls.” Kim Viney, Senior Director of Business Development, Niagara Parks .

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