• Panorama Rouen 1431
    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
    photo © asisi

Project for Panorama Grand Canyon

Friday, 31 August 2012

After months of preparation and searching for the right location in the Grand Canyon panorama painter André Balyon found what he believes will be 'The Grandest Stage of all' for his next project and second Panorama after Panorama Big Sur.

Panorama Grand Canyon is projected as a 360 degree oil painting, measuring roughly 60 feet high and 370 feet long. After having sketched the preliminary lay-out of the painting on location on a circular glass construction, a 1:10 scale model canvas will be painted in a specially designed new studio in Carmel Valley near Big Sur, Monterey Bay, California. André Balyon's intention is to make a visit to Panorama Grand Canyon a virtual reality experience in which most of the senses are involved. Special light, wind, and sound effects, combined with an occasional dry ice display, will be part of the exhibition in order to make one believe to be standing inside the Grand Canyon itself.

During the visit to the Panorama, a thunderstorm, which can be a frequent occurrence in the canyon, will enhance the dramatic experience inside the rotunda. The sky part of the painting will progressively darken, the roaring of distant thunder will turn into a full-blown thunderstorm where wind, quadro audio sound and lightning effects will again gradually yield to the overwhelming peaceful calm of the Canyon.

Depending on availability of a building space the entire project is estimated to take just a few years. However, the painting time should not take longer than a year. The location of the new Panorama building is yet to be determined.

A new website, in which you will be able to follow this 'grand' project, is under construction and should 'air' soon.