One particular aspect of some Parisian metro stations is that stations' walls are curved, even in the sides where one would place advertising posters. Here is a picture of one such station:

A train station in Paris

I was told that the posters must be mapped to the surface of the walls in such a manner that they appear undeformed to a person standing on the opposite platform. ( My opinion is that they don't actually bother doing this, or maybe the mapping is so subtle that I can't notice it.)

Say the station's ceiling follows a half ellipse centered at $(0,0)$, with major (horizontal) axis $a$ and minor (vertical) axis $b$. And the posters start a position 0 vertically and never exceed a vertical position c (therefore $c<b$). What would such map look like ? And how to properly transform the image in Mathematica given that map. Here is an image to play with the mapping, a woman alone laughing at a salad,

woman with salad

This is what advertising looks like, right ?

One should be able to do this with ImageTransformation, and the map might be simpler than I imagine, and not an elliptic integral. As a side (optional) question, Can you make a dynamic demonstration of this effect, with Graphics3D ? ohh and can you think of an image that would look almost unrecognizable once mapped ?



Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.