A globe you can touch? The Sphere in Las Vegas. (Image source: dima via Adobe Stock)
Big buildings attract big personalities: Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky premiered his new film in a gigantic LED light ball in Las Vegas called the MSG Sphere.
The director of films acclaimed by critics and film fans such as “The Whale”, “Mother!” and “Black Swan” presented his film project “Postcard from Oath”. This is described as a mix of science fiction film and nature documentary.
But what exactly is Sphere – and why does it stand out in a city that already shines with its oversized buildings?
What is the MSG Sphere?
The giant ball was built by the Madison Square Entertainment Corporation. The company also owns and operates the eponymous Madison Square Gardens in New York City.
Pictured: Madison Square Garden. In the Futurama series there is the futuristic counterpart “Madison Cube Garden”. (Image source: andrew_scozzari via Pixabay)
The MSG Sphere in numbers: According to the builder, the event hall is the tallest spherical structure in the world with a height of more than 100 meters. The sphere is 157 meters wide. It is also equipped with 1.2 million individual LED elements.
The system consists of two layers:
- The interior of the dome with arena and stage. This is made of a 3,000-ton steel skeleton, over which a 25-centimeter-thick concrete coating weighing 10,000 tons extends.
- The exterior of the dome. This is located at some distance from the steel frame and contains the large number of LED light balls.
The MSG Sphere in action: The flare was put into operation for the first time on July 4th in honor of US Independence Day. The individually controllable LED elements provided visual value. Fireworks, a stylized flag of the USA, our earth with its seven continents and the moon were depicted in powerful images.
The video below shows the visual effects demonstration:
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Giant ball from Las Vegas against the IMAX screen from Leonberg: Who has the bigger screen?
The screen is 160,000 square feet in size. This corresponds to approximately 14,865 square meters. The huge screen will be located in a 360-degree panorama around the audience and will impress with the world’s highest LED resolution.
Given its dimensions, the auditorium offers seats for around 17,000 people. The screen resolves images with a resolution of 16K.
According to the Guinness World Record, the largest regular cinema screen in the world is in Baden-Württemberg in the Leonberg Dream Palace. The IMAX screen there has a visible area of 39 x 21 meters. This corresponds to 819 square meters.
So the Leonberg screen fits around 18 times into the Sphere screen.
So does the Guinness Book of World Records need to be rewritten? Before that happens, let’s take a quick look at Darren Aronofsky’s film project.
Don’t forget: October 31st is Halloween. The MSG Sphere is already appropriately covered. (Image source: dima via Adobe Stock)
What film project is Darren Aronofsky planning in the giant ball?
Postcard from Earth is the first film project commissioned specifically for MSG Sphere. The film is expected to take advantage of the technical advantages of the gigantic structure, from the colossal high-definition screen to the 167,000 speakers.
On his Instagram channel, the director describes his film as a “love letter to Mother Earth”.
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For you, is the Sphere just another new, extravagant building in a city that is brimming with such superlative buildings in every nook and cranny? Or can you get something out of the MSG Sphere? What is the largest building you have stayed in to date? Feel free to write to us in the comments.