O2 claims the world's largest projection in support of England Rugby

O2 has turned the top of its namesake venue, The O2, into a canvas for the world's largest projection in terms of light output.

The roof of the O2 will be lit from sunset to midnight throughout the Rugby World Cup
The roof of the O2 will be lit from sunset to midnight throughout the Rugby World Cup

The stunt has been designed to highlight the telecoms brand’s partnership with England Rugby. From 8pm tonight (15 September), fans of the team will be able to have their tweets projected onto the venue by using the hashtag #WearTheRose.

The activation will continue for the next seven weeks of the Rugby World Cup, lighting up The O2 from sunset to midnight. Tweeters selected for broadcast will receive an exclusive image and Gif file of their message.

O2 promises that the venue will 'come alive' each time England plays, plus there are more surprises planned throughout September and October.

A total of 68 projectors and more than 144 moving head light fixtures are attached to the interior and exterior of The O2's masts to deliver the projection.

The brand experience was launched last night (14 September) with a performance from England Rugby official singer Laura Wright, who performed Jerusalem from the roof of The O2 accompanied by a 3D projection mapping light show delivered by Projection Artworks. The performance culminated with the singer being ‘engulfed’ in a giant red rose.

Nina Bibby, marketing and consumer director at O2, said: "This is the pinnacle of our 20-year partnership with the England Rugby and is the ultimate demonstration of O2’s support for the team. We’re calling on the entire country to show their support and now we are handing over the incredible opportunity for fans to tweet their messages on The O2 to make the team feel like giants and inspire them onto victory."

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