Explore your world
Nobumichi Asai's Omote project. | Courtesy Nobumichi Asai
Nobumichi Asai's Omote project. | Courtesy Nobumichi Asai

Everything You Need to Know About Projection Mapping in Art

Picture of Peter Ward
Tech Editor
Updated: 12 July 2017

Projection mapping turns a real-world object like a wall, a stadium, or even someone’s face into a display screen, opening a whole universe of opportunities to artists. But how does the technology work? And what are some of the most amazing examples?

The technology is able to turn almost any surface into an artist’s canvas, where lights and shapes can move, dance, and even appear to bend reality.

Specialized software is used to make the projected image perfectly fit the irregularly shaped screens, creating effects that transcend normal videos and video projection. The technology is also called spatial augmented reality.

One of the more eye-catching examples of projection mapping is Nobumichi Asai’s Omote project. The Japanese artist projected moving art onto people’s faces, making for a fluid and engaging piece of art. Omote is a Japanese word for face or mask.

Other stunning examples include the ‘Wear the Rose’ show at the O2 Arena in the UK, the Harrods Faberge Egg installation, and a show projected onto Tokyo Station in Japan.


Wear The Rose – O2 Projection from Projection Artworks on Vimeo.

JUSTSO – Fabergé at Harrods (Full Version) from JUSTSO Ltd on Vimeo.