Video puts Amer­ica’s Cup vil­lage into per­spec­tive

Weekend Herald - - News - Mike Houla­han ODT

An an­i­mated video by a com­pany which has made cut­ting- edge Amer­ica’s Cup graph­ics i s giv­ing de­ci­sion- mak­ers and the pub­lic a sneak pre­view of fa­cil­i­ties for Team New Zealand’s 2021 de­fence.

Dunedin- based An­i­ma­tion Re­search Ltd yes­ter­day re­leased a video, show­ing what the land­scape of Auck­land Har­bour would look like if the Amer­ica’s Cup vil­lage and fa­cil­i­ties were built on the west­ern and eastern sides of Wyn­yard Wharf and land called “site 18”.

“We have the boats at the right sizes, sit­ting where they would be in 2021. The cranes are there, the peo­ple are there. Now peo­ple know what it i s we’re dis­cussing,” ARL chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Tay­lor said.

Auck­land Coun­cil last week voted to sup­port a pro­posal for a clus­ter of bases across Wyn­yard, Halsey and Hob­son wharves as its pre­ferred op­tion for where to site Cup fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture.

The Gov­ern­ment has site pro­pos­als to con­sider, with a fi­nal op­tion ex­pected to be put for­ward for re­source con­sent in Jan­uary. What­ever op­tion is pro­posed it will need to be­gin the con­sent process shortly if it is to be ready for the 2021 re­gatta.

The video was ARL’s ini­tia­tive. The firm cre­ated a sim­i­lar water­front an­i­ma­tion to il­lus­trate a pro­posed re- devel­op­ment of Otago Har­bour, and that in­spired the cre­ation of the new video.

Tay­lor said he had fol­lowed the de­bate in Auck­land about where to build Amer­ica’s Cup bases, and felt that peo­ple were com­ment­ing with­out hav­ing seen what was pro­posed.

“I rang Team New Zealand and said, ‘ We should do what we did in Dunedin. Why don’t we build the whole thing and show peo­ple what it is that ev­ery­one is talk­ing about and de­bat­ing?’

“This i sn’t just the venue, this shows the su­pery­acht mari­nas, it shows the me­dia cen­tre, it shows the Amer­ica’s Cup vil­lage, it shows what we know hap­pens at one of these things be­cause we ( ARL) have done ev­ery one since 1992,” Tay­lor said.

“Now at least if you agree or dis­agree, you know what you are agree­ing or dis­agree­ing about, ev­ery­thing in there is cor­rect.”

Tay­lor said his firm made the video be­cause the Amer­ica’s Cup was more than a boat race be­ing staged in Auck­land.

“They won a tech­nol­ogy race,” he said.

Me­dia re­ports last week­end spec­u­lated the cup re­gatta might be shifted over­seas, but Team New Zealand’s ma­jor spon­sor Emi­rates yes­ter­day said it was cer­tain New Zealand would host the event.

Im­age / An­i­ma­tion Re­search Ltd

A ren­di­tion of the pro­posed 2021 Amer­ica's Cup Vil­lage around Auck­land’s Wyn­yard Quar­ter.

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