Imax Demolition

On Saturday 29 September, a spectacular virtual demolition of the IMAX building will be projected onto the facade of the building itself - signifying the end of the hated building’s life, marking the beginning of the deconstruction phase and the start the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival.

Members of the public can gather at Pier Approach to see the fusion of imagery and music at 9.15pm on Saturday 29 September, or watch the display streamed online at
‘The Secret Incident’, created by digital arts collective seeper, will be a once-in-a-lifetime show with specially commissioned and breath-taking 3D projection mapping, lighting, animation, music and sound effects on a huge scale, culminating in the ‘disappearance’ of England’s most hated structure, the IMAX Waterfront building.
Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “Nothing like this on such a large scale has ever been done before in Bournemouth. I am sure it will be a memorable moment that many local people, who have repeatedly told us how much they hate the building, will want to see. The Council is delighted to be able to bring this event to Bournemouth. ‘The Secret Incident’ will signify the beginning of the end for the IMAX building and is the precursor to an ongoing, exciting events programme on the Waterfront site. It’s also set to be a thrilling climax to the 2012 Arts by the Sea Festival opening.”
Following the projection, works will begin on site in October to prepare for the dismantling of the building. The new Waterfront events space, which has now been granted planning approval, will be open for Summer 2013 and available to host theatre and arts performances, music and dance, sports and community events.
A live webcam will be in situ during the dismantling works for people who would like to see the progress on site and watch as the sea views are gradually restored. To view the webcam live (from 29 September), or for any other information about the project, please visit:

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