Lottery fund­ing for ma­rine holo­gram ex­pe­ri­ence

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - David Sales

A TRAV­EL­LING vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence in which Welsh sea crea­tures ap­pear as ul­tra-re­al­is­tic holo­grams has been given £587,600 in Her­itage Lottery fund­ing.

Eye-pop­ping aug­mented re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy will be har­nessed by the three-year Liv­ing Seas Wales (LSW) pro­ject to bring ma­rine wildlife into cas­tles, ports and other coastal lo­ca­tions. Due to launch in June, as part of a Wales-wide road­show, it will show high qual­ity 7D holo­grams as a way of pro­mot­ing Welsh wildlife ex­pe­ri­ences to vis­i­tors.

Visit Wales is en­cour­ag­ing tourism out­fits to use vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) to pro­mote Welsh at­trac­tions.

Nia Hâf Jones, LSW man­ager for North Wales, said VR was an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to show­case the coun­try’s ma­rine wildlife.

“It will al­low us to bring our coast and seas to life us­ing in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy to “wow” our au­di­ences!” she said.

The LSW pro­ject is a joint ini­tia­tive by North Wales Wildlife Trust and The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW). It will en­able vis­i­tors and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to learn about and con­trib­ute to the con­ser­va­tion of ma­rine en­vi­ron­ments.

The LSW pro­ject – which co­in­cides with Wales’ Year of the Sea in 2018 – will be launched at the Volvo Ocean Race, Cardiff, on June 7. The 7D holo­grams will be shown at 10 lo­ca­tions in North Wales later in the year. CARDINAL Vin­cent Ni­chols, the leader of the Catholic Church in Eng­land and Wales, said re­cently that re­li­gious il­lit­er­acy in this coun­try is a real ob­sta­cle to so­cial co­he­sion. Let me il­lus­trate this with two of the words that Chris­tians use with a dif­fer­ent mean­ing to oth­ers, grace and mercy.

When Je­sus wanted to de­fine his mean­ing of these words, he told a story. One of a king’s min­is­ters had run up a per­sonal debt that ran into bil­lions (noth­ing new there!) but when the man pleaded with the king, in­stead of sell­ing him and his fam­ily into slav­ery (Je­sus lived in a time of ab­so­lute monar­chies) he for­gave him the lot! The man then went off, found some­one who owed him a few thou­sand quid, throt­tled him, and when pleaded with, had him put in prison un­til he paid. When the king heard of it, he said, “Should you not have had mercy as I had mercy on you?”

For Chris­tians, God’s grace is a free, un­de­served gift of for­give­ness, the to­tal putting aside of a debt we could never re­pay. God gives his grace; the rub is he ex­pects a re­sponse of grace towards oth­ers: we give equally freely our for­give­ness, our wip­ing the slate clean. Our lives are in­tended to be char­ac­terised by grace in thanks to God and mercy to oth­ers. This year’s Llan­dudno Bi­ble Week is about “Over­flow­ing Grace”, the whole idea that we can be so full of God’s grace to us it over­flows to oth­ers. It is not hard to see why Vin­cent Ni­chols can say that is in grasp­ing hold of this sort of con­cept that we can have so­cial co­he­sion.

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