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THE animated "Along the Riverside During the Qingming Festival" - one of the oustanding exhibits at the China Pavilion - is to go on display in Hong Kong next month.

And the designer of the high-tech art work said yesterday that it would also be exhibited in the United States and other places after the Expo closes at the end of October.

The exhibit was easy to move to other places - all that is needed are 12 projectors, Yu Zheng, an exhibition director from Crystal CG and designer of the animation, said yesterday.

Another 26 smaller projectors create the effect of an electronic river in front of the 120 meter long, 6.5 meter high projection in the China Pavilion.

The current projectors would remain in the China Pavilion for its reopening on December 1 and the company would use new projectors to create the exhibit in Hong Kong, he said.

"So, technically, the art work can be reproduced and be displayed in different areas simultaneously," Yu said.

The company plans to exhibit the projection in both Los Angeles and San Francisco after the Hong Kong exhibition, but needed final approval from Expo organizers, he said.

The work will be displayed at the Asia World-Expo in Hong Kong from November 9 to 29.

About 600,000 tickets will be offered to public, each priced at HK$10 (US$1.29), from October 19 at 41 outlets, said Fung Ching Suk-yee, an official with the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

In Hong Kong, the original zigzag screen will be modified and the effect of the electronic river will be simplified, because of a lack of time to arrange the exhibition, he said.

However, there will be no major discernible difference compared to that in the China Pavilion, he said.

The cost of building and operating the exhibit in the China Pavilion was more than 20 million yuan. Eight engineers were on standby in the pavilion around the clock to ensure everything went smoothly. The bulbs of each projector were changed every three months.

The projection is 30 times the size of the original scroll, created by artist Zhang Zeduan in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

It captures the daily life of people in the then capital, Bianjing, and reveals the lifestyles of all levels of the society from rich to poor.

The enlarged scroll has been brought to life through elaborate computer animation - it's a whirl of daily activity, from tomb sweeping to tending fields, juggling, selling wine, grain, gold and lanterns. There are monks, businessmen, fortune tellers, scholars, carpenters, doctors, innkeepers and many more.


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