Michigan Central Winter Festival
Ford’s Winter Festival brought together the Detroit community to celebrate the redevelopment of the iconic Michigan Central Station.
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Bringing a legend back to life
The Detroit community long dreamt of seeing the storied Michigan Central Station (MCS) brought back to life after closing in 1988 and being left to ruin. In the summer of 2018, Ford Motor Company purchased the iconic building and was keen to give the community a moment of celebration and create a sense of anticipation before the redevelopment kicked off.
Celebrating a community
We worked alongside Ford to create an exciting and heart-warming moment that would deliver a great news story, a celebration and strengthen community relationships. The rise and fall of this historic building mirrors the story of Detroit itself, a city that fell into decline after the Motor Town glory years and is now being resurrected. The redevelopment therefore holds particular meaning for today.
A revival story told through projection mapping
To bring Ford’s vision to life, we tapped into advanced 3D projection mapping technology and imagined a beautifully narrated light show that would cover the building’s facade for the first time ever. As part of complex projection mapping we crafted a narrative that showcased the station at its peak, celebrated its revitalisation and promising future ahead with a light show played three times an hour for audiences to enjoy.
Creating an event for local businesses
The entire experience was complemented by a night market with music by Detroit-area musicians and DJs, food and activities and a first of its kind exhibition of nostalgic train station artefacts.
Value for the audience
This experience held enormous value for the audience as it really was a celebration of local history and people. This is proven by the 40 minutes dwell time and 20,500+ attendees.
Value for the brand
Ford is synonymous with the City of Detroit and this experience only further cemented the brand’s loyalty to the city amongst locals. The 99% favourability of Ford as a partner after the event demonstrates this.
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