Video: Behind the Scenes of the Skydome Sinkhole Experience

Though it’s not something that anyone would have wished for, the sinkhole cave-in beneath the Skydome in February of 2014 might have just been the best thing to ever happen to the National Corvette Museum. Two years later, the museum has received a ton of media attention and record attendance, some of the damaged cars have been restored, and the NCM has even opened up a new exhibit to commemorate the collapse.

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In the best example of making lemonade out of life’s lemons we have seen lately, the National Corvette Museum has capitalized on the misfortune of the sinkhole with a full, interactive exhibit devoted to memorialize the event.

Corvette Cave In! The Skydome Sinkhole Experience is a thousand-square-foot interactive exhibit that explores both the geography that led to the sinkhole collapse, and the event itself. The centerpiece is a three-dimensional projection that allows visitors to experience what the cave-in was like from the inside out.

Pixel Rain Digital, in collaboration with Creative Arts Unlimited, created the multimedia exhibit using sculpted foam and paint to recreate the walls of the cave, and six short-throw projectors to virtually display the collapse for visitors to the museum.

Six short-throw video projectors are carefully-aligned to completely fill visitors' fields of view and project high resolution graphics on the sculpted foam walls of the simulated cave.

Six short-throw video projectors are carefully-aligned to completely fill visitors’ fields of view and project high resolution graphics on the sculpted foam walls of the simulated cave.

Cycling every three minutes, the exhibit surrounds museum patrons with the sights and sounds of the sinkhole collapse. The projectors are carefully calibrated to provide a computer-generated animation that fills your field of view with overlapping images on the “cave” walls. 

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Paul Huizenga

After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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