Creating an unforgettable brand experience
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. 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 glory Motor Town years and is now being resurrected, the redevelopment therefore holds particular meaning for today.
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. 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 artifacts.
//""Whether it’s sitting behind the wheel of one of our vehicles or inviting people to see where we are going as a company, high-touch, personalised experiences like this are critical to cut through to customers in a noisy marketplace" - Garett Carr, Global Autoshow and Events Manager, Ford