CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia history will come to life next week with a three-dimensional light show - the first of its kind in the state - to be projected across the Capitol facade.
It will include past leaders, notable events, famous West Virginians and icons near and dear to the heart of West Virginians.
"It will take us on a ride, starting with the early pioneers through the Civil War and through independence," said Jack Hattingh, who has been working on the creative aspect for Monster Media.
The company has produced projection shows on Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and in China for the Chinese new year.
"It will concentrate on the outdoor elements - mountainous terrain, river rafting, sky diving, and the entertainment aspect - like state cardinals, and as it gets near the end, there will be more and more celebration. It tells a story; it's captivating."
The Sesquicentennial Commission created a list of notable West Virginia people, places and things to be part of the video.
"We sent Monster Media a document several pages long of what we were interested in having them include in the projection show," said Chelsea Ruby, the commission's executive director.
"The Sesquicentennial Commission gave some suggestions of things in West Virginia history that are important, and we took that list and narrowed it down to some main events."
The 6-minute film is not a documentary, however. Instead, it will include highlights of the past 150 years, as well as other elements of West Virginian culture.
"This is clearly a celebration, so it's very state-centric," Hattingh said. "It has some real good West Virginia flavor. We use the history and contain the state bird and state colors and add music - like Bluegrass - all in an entertaining way.
"We include some favorite pastimes and icons - like famous people who were born in West Virginia. The main idea here is a celebration. It's a light show with all these elements."
The company has been working on the show since January. In April, staff members came to take precise measurements of the front of the Capitol, including heights and widths of the building, columns and other architectural features.