His concept involves a dome, inspired by the idea of the mosque, to create a tranquil environment, smooth and curved like the ocean. Footage of dolphins swimming is projected onto this domed interior and blue light and dolphin calls add to the experience. This simulated environment, says Obernay, enables viewers to ‘experience their own private swim with the dolphins. The end result being that they come out very happy, calm and relaxed.’
The key components of the dome are: a bespoke module made from 10mm acrylic, a hard drive media player; a high Definition TV monitor; a state of the art micro projector and a Nintendo Wii, some additional electronics and his film ‘Dreaming of Dolphins’. Obernay overcame difficult challenges to ensure that the dome satisfied health and safety standards for child and medical use. Finding a suitable manufacturer for the bespoke elements of the dome was frustrating. Jacqueline Russell of Wild Ocean Adventures helped him charter a boat and film dolphins in their natural habitat.