Mega graphics project in Markthal Rotterdam

rotterdamThe new Markthal in Rotterdam has a very special ceiling which hides some very interesting graphics technology. The colourful image with larger than life fruits, vegetables, meats, breads and butterflies – designed by Dutch artist Arno Coenen – consists of 4000 aluminium panels printed by TS Visuals. For a good reproduction the resolution had to be comparable to that of a high quality printed magazine. The image used was 1,47TB (400,000 megapixels). The 4000 panels of 1,5×1,5 metres each cover a 6 kilometres (11,000 m2) of unique images.
TS Visuals used a process called sublimation, applying visuals to coated metal or glass. The ink of the printed design is heated to such high temperatures that it turns into a gas and penetrates the coated aluminum panel. It transfers and then forms a durable permanent layer inside the coating. The panels and coatings are graffiti-resistant. The result is a beautiful ceiling which already has been compared to the Sistine Chapel.

Rob van den Braak

Printer’s devil (1964), phototypesetter, offsetprinter, teacher of graphic techniques, salesmanager, productmanager, trade journalist, founder of BlokBoek e-zine (2011). But above all husband, father, friend and lover of life in southern Spain (since 2010).

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