On September 20th, 2014 from 8pm to 11pm ET, falling on the night before the People’s Climate March, and leading up to the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23rd, towering images of endangered species, the state of the oceans, and threatened habitats lit up the United Nations General Assembly and Secretariat buildings in an unprecedented visual event. The large-scale architectural projection show delivered a revolutionary call to action for citizens of the world to demand action from their leaders to protect the world’s ecosystems. projected 30-stories high and told the story of climate change and the need to preserve biodiversity.

Production Values

illUmiNations was presented by the United Nations Department of Public Information, and produced by Obscura Digital.

Obscura Digital designed the visual content, scored the music to the show, built all the infrastructure to house the projectors, provided all of the hardware and software, as well as operated the playback systems.

Overall Effectiveness

The event was a huge success according to the United Nations. We had maximum attendance allotted by the NYPD and UN Security, with notable guests including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon; actor Leonardo DiCaprio, recently named a United Nations Messenger of Peace; film director/producer Darren Aronofsky; actors Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schrieber and Naomi Watts; photographers Yann Arthus-Bertrand, David Doubilet, Shawn Heinrichs and Joel Sartore; filmmaker Jeff Orlowski; scientist Christopher Clark; renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle; and musician activists Benjamin Bronfman, D Prosper and Sol Guy.