A Wall of Time for the Ryder Cup

Agio Imaging creates a 10 x 364-ft visual chronology for golf's biennial event.

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For golf's Ryder Cup tournament, which got underway September 16 at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Detroit, Agio Imaging of Kalamazoo, MI, produced a 10 x 364-ft historical timeline of the Ryder Cup Matches. The vinyl print, just one of a series of projects Agio took on for the event, was installed on a large wall constructed to help regulate pedestrian traffic.

The PGA of America provided Agio with the relevant images and text. When digital files were not provided, Agio executed some scans in house on its flatbed Linoscan 1450. The entire project was assembled in Photoshop, and the Timeline Wall, as it became known, underwent approximately 100 hours of graphic production, says Agio's Brandon Balentine, including concept work, retouching, color correcting, etc.

From those files, Agio built a low-resolution composite to facilitate client proofing and design conception. Once it had received thumbs up on the design, Agio used the low-resolution composite as a template. The final panels, each ranging in size from 40 to 60 ft, were output on the shop's Vutek UltraVu 5300 solvent printer at 150 dpi, onto UltraFlex Normandy Pro vinyl, a 13-oz white matte vinyl. Total printer time: 18 hours.

Agio's Ryder Cup work also included light-pole banners, graphics for tents and walls, signage, and more. Agio was in discussions with Ryder Cup officials for 2 years to garner the contract, and the result was well worth it: The overall job was the third-largest contract in the company's 4-year history, generating $200,000. (Agio Imaging: www.agioimaging.com)

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