The Rainbow Wave Maker
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The Rainbow Wave Maker

The Rainbow Wave Maker: An interactive video game projected from the roof of Bessie the Ambulance onto a large screen. A Traverse installation in which the audience pass between the side of Bessie and the projection screen to immerse themselves in and play with the Rainbow Wave Maker. Creating rainbows to bring smiles to the future of others.

New for Winter 2020, with roadtesting due by the end of September. Write to garth@safetycatch.net for more info. Or sign up to the Newsletter to be kept in the loop.

What might at first look like a ‘travelling emergency service drive-in cinema’ is actually a walk-in and play interactive projection experience, where the video game controller is your body moving in the space:

  1. Audiences will be encouraged to first wash their hands at a hand washing / sanitationstation.
  2. They will be asked to stand facing the screen with hands to their sides while they arecalibrated or synced up with the camera (infrared). Once synced they can play. They will be encouraged through visual & verbal cues (on the Ambulance window screen & soundsystem), to wave their arms and dance in order to create or mix a random colour. The colour will appear inside their projected silhouette on the screen above and opposite them.
  3. They will then be cued to clap their hands to set that colour free as it floats up from their silhouette to form the lowest arc in the rainbow at the top of the projection. This newly painted rainbow will gradually float off to the sky, (possibly) beamed by lasers or lights above the screen, to join up with other Rainbows until they are ready to shine down again, ready to bring Rainbow Smiles to other people in the Future. The Rainbow Wave Maker offers a welcome opportunity and a beautiful way to wave a big thank you to our beloved NHS, its staff and all our carers. Rainbows are also a symbol of unity in diversity, and of universal hope. The playful concept of this installation is that we are making rainbows for others, to bring them rainbows and to make more smiles.

The installation will encourage people to wash their hands before they make the Rainbows with hand washing stations. A collection or donation links to local health charities can be directed alongside the Ambulance. The Ambulance will be attended by myself dressed as a Doctor, and a Nurse or Paramedic character, but we will only appear if needed. The timescale required to mix the colour and send it up will be flexible so that if busy it can be a walk through playful experience where less involvement is required, and people can literally walk through and wave a rainbow stripe to add to the growing rainbow.

* These will be a Covid-19 Safe, Socially distanced installations, where the Ambulance gives cues. Characters can help or encourage and commentate when needed, from the 3 metre high ambulance roof or van cab, and by using a microphone. This installation can be made socially distant for audiences very easily if necessary, with only people co-existing in households or bubbles allowed to play it together, or even playing solo with the pace of the game increased. Accessible Versions for those with movement impairments will be configured to be available.