Fresco was a photographic installation on all three visible sides of The National Theatre flytower next to Waterloo bridge. The synchronised display of specially commissioned dance photography by Chris Nash was a collaboration with Mesmer and the images completely enveloped the architecture. This project led to the ongoing use of the flytower as a projection surface and Mesmer’s longstanding relationship with The National Theatre notwithstanding the near miss car crash when the sequence climaxed with the naked men section.
The image mapping was done before digital projection mapping methods existed using the dark art of the pin hole camera method whereby the projector lenses back focussed an image of the building onto hand drawn slide templates which could then be scanned prior to the slides being designed . Projector installation positions were purpose built including one on the Hayward Gallery and the large format slide projectors used a Dataton control system.