The force may be with Disney, but Universal’s empire is putting up a good fight in the theme park wars.
Comcast Corp.-owned Universal Parks & Resorts on Thursday fired the latest salvo in a decades-long battle to give entertainment giant Disney a run for its money, announcing a major expansion in Orlando that includes hotels, restaurants, shops and a new theme park called Universal’s Epic Universe.
“Our new park represents the single largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall,” Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts said in a statement. “It reflects the tremendous excitement we have for the future of our theme park business and for our entire company’s future in Florida.”
The news from Universal comes just weeks before larger rival Disney opens a giant new Star Wars-themed land at its Florida property.
Emotional resonance. Iconic moments. Compelling characters. These are just a few of the inspirations behind Art the Throne, an immersive art experience influenced by memorable moments from GoT. At work now, five diverse artists will reinterpret scenes from the series, debuting their pieces on April 20 at a private exhibition in New York City.
Come back to Making Game of Thrones for a recap of the action and in the meantime, get to know the artists and their work below.
POP CHART LAB MEMORIALIZES THE RED WEDDING
Infographic experts Pop Chart Lab will interpret the notorious Red Wedding massacre into an illuminated manuscript engraved on a 12-foot piece of red glass. Beautifully detailed symbols will chart the events, conflicts, characters and families forever changed by Walder Frey’s betrayal. The feeling Pop Chart Lab wants to evoke? “Something bad happened here,” says designer Ashley Walker.
This is a beautiful project, well conceptualized for the topography of the site and location. The view of the structure from I-95 will be powerful and dramatic. What a great architectural addition to Prince Georges County!
MGM National Harbor offers a sophisticated architectural approach that addresses the local area’s significant geographical and cultural history. The design is influenced by the natural topography of the dynamic Maryland site, the iconic nature of nearby national monuments, and their interactions with residents and visitors in this vibrant travel corridor. The piercing verticality of the streamlined high-rise hotel rises from a resort pedestal and is precisely positioned to maximize sightlines to Washington, D.C. and the Maryland countryside.
The Atlanta Falcons have released a series of new illustrations of their new Stadium in Atlanta. The design conceptually was ground breaking, but the new illustrations and 3-D modeling brings it even more to life and makes it appear to be a future award winning design. Stay tune for more illustrations and hopefully construction drawings!
Click here to view larger images of the Stadium Illustrations!
A big hand has to go out to Philips! The port of Da Nang has grown in prosperity since Philips LEDs began lighting up the Dragon Bridge. See how the lives of fisherman Le Van Khe and his daughter Le Thi Vinh are improving.
A beautiful and exciting design for a destination in an urban city. The design and installation attracts both tourist and locals alike, as well as, boosting the local economy and influencing unique entrepreneur opportunities. An amazing an wonderful story. Hopefully, the proposed 11th Street Bridge Park project can be as dynamic and rewarding for the local community in Washington, DC.!
The 11th Street Bridge Park has very exciting news to share regarding efforts to create DCs first elevated park over the Anacsotia River! Earlier this month the 11th Street Bridge Park received a $100,000 gift to support our nation-wide design competition, lead an economic development analysis and implement a health impact assessment. Now every donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000. To learn more about the project or make a donation, click here. Additional support can assist in funding the upcoming 11th Street Bridge Park design competition, a new civic space for active recreation, environmental education and the arts!
District officials have identified a site on the Anacostia River where they hope to move a Capitol Riverfront D.C. Water facility, clearing the way for a movie theater-anchored mixed-use development.The D.C. Water fleet and maintenance facility at First and N streets, at least a portion of it, may be moved on an interim basis to an nearby parcel controlled by Forest City Washington, developer of The Yards, before relocating to its final destination on a former Washington Gas parcel on the river.