Stanley Cup hologram on view for Doors Open (May 23)

The U of T Archives is proud to present the first public viewing of the Stanley Cup Hologram in Canada. Visit us on May 23rd, as part of Doors Open Toronto, to see this life-sized hologram of the Stanley Cup.

The Stanley Cup Hologram was created over a two year period from 1978-1980 by Ontario College of Art and Design (Ontario College of Art in 1980) Professor Michael Page, with the assistance of graduate student Cameron Morrison. It was originally displayed in the National Hockey League offices in New York City in 1980.

The hologram captures, in three dimension, the Stanley Cup as it existed in 1980 - when the National Hockey League had just expanded to 21 teams but was largely dominated by Canadian teams.  In the 20 years previous to the Hologram having been made (1960-1980),  the Montreal Canadians won the Stanley Cup eleven years and the Toronto Maple Leafs took home the cup four times.

The Stanley Cup Hologram is a laser transmission hologram, meaning it is illuminated by laser light passing through the hologram.  Today it is illuminated with a solid state laser. In 1980, a 12 foot long Helium Neon Laser was specially designed and built by Professors Dave May and technician Paul Chen, from the University of Toronto Laser Group. This experimental laser produced more than 350 milliwatts needed to illuminate the hologram. The hologram was truly one-of-a-kind. Measuring 30" x 40", it was one of the largest in the world, produced at a time when holography was still highly experimental.

Michael Page donated one of only two copies of the Stanley Cup hologram to the University of Toronto Archives in 2013. 

About the Artist

Michael studied film, video and photography in the early 70’s. While being mostly self-taught, he attributes his knowledge in the field of visualization to numerous collaborations with other workers from around the world spanning more than three decades.

He is a Professor in the Faculty of Art, and a Visiting Professor at The Institute for Optical Sciences, U of T. Michael is the Principal Investigator at the PHASE Lab at OCAD U, the recipient of several grants which have allowed him and a group of graduate and undergraduate students to investigate interactive, synthetic-reality in various forms. Michael has travelled extensively and exhibited his work around the world.

Michael’s team brings together digital holographic technology with mobile devices.A recently completed NSERC project saw the visualization of electrical activity in the brain in animated digital holographic form.

To learn more about the holography process, watch "Tech Talk - 3D imaging: Digital holography at OCAD": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cucq_3WMvAc

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