Lottery funding for marine hologram experience
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.