a dive in the Belval of 1900, it is possible in virtual reality

Appearing in the 1950s and popularized sixty years later by the Occulus Rift, the first headset marketed on a large scale, virtual reality is now entering museums, industry, art and also tourism. Players in the sector now know how to exploit the multiple applications offered by this technology, particularly in the historical and heritage tourism sector. Virtual reality makes it possible, through smart glasses, to immerse oneself in a 3D synthetic environment, recreated from computer data. The spectator can observe, by moving his head, a 360° universe, as if he were really there.

Immersive time travel

After the old Algrange steelworks, another lost industrial site has been recreated for the needs of the Time Travel Belval project, that of Belval. Imagined within the framework of Esch2022, this program was based on the experiment carried out by the City of Luxembourg around Urban Time Travel, an immersive experience in a district of the city.

For Time Travel Belval, the public is invited to take part in a minibus, departing from blast furnace A, opposite the Rockhal. Once the helmet is screwed on the head, each spectator finds himself… in the back of a horse-drawn carriage at the beginning of the 20th century. Guided by Pier the coachman, they are towed to the old source of Bel-Val in Sanem. Thanks to the GPS data transmitted by the helmet, the projected images of the past correspond to the places crossed by the minibus.

Birth and death of the steel industry

During the fifteen-minute journey, travelers meet different virtual characters. They discover the neighborhood as they have never seen it before, through the prism of the times they go through. A chronology of the Luxembourg steel industry and a chronicle of its announced death, victim of the successive steel crises.

Developed in collaboration with Urban Timetravel SA and in consultation with the Luxembourg Center for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), Time Travel Belval is based on archival photographs, documents and period postcards for the modeling of buildings, nature and scenery visited.

With the “discovARminett”, a digital virtual reality application that can be used on the Minett Trail hiking circuit, Time Travel Belval is the second Esch2022-labeled project to use this technology.

Saturdays and Sundays, departures at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Price: €22, includes two entries at the Möllerei and the Massenoire.

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