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MUSEUMS
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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opened in the spring of 2014 in the
footprints of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Electrosonic engineered the
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Twenty six equipment racks located throughout the space support 100 AV installations.
The Museum is an educational and historical institution
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There are three principal exhibition areas. The memorial
exhibition features the Wall of Faces, which displays
photo portraits of the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks,
and interactive tables to learn more about them. The
historical exhibition uses artifacts, photographs, and
media to recount the events of September 11, background
leading to the events, and their continuing implications.
The vast Foundation Hall houses the exposed side of the
slurry wall and the 36-foot high Last Column.
Several exhibits required especially complex media
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galleries is We Remember, which features recollections
of people around the world as September 11, 2001,
dawned. Six large, vertical screens are staggered down
a 60-foot ramp; a portion of a world map is projected
on each of the six screens, such that, at the top of the
ramp it appears to be one cohesive map. Projectors
Around 70% of the exhibits requiring AV support were mocked up
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or in Electrosonic’s own facility in Burbank, CA. Electrosonic’s
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on site to ensure the highest standard of AV performance.
Key equipment components in the museum include Sharp,
Christie and Digital Projection projectors, Alcorn McBride audio
playback, Vista Group SoundStik audio stations, Atlas and Dakota
loudspeakers, Dataton WATCHOUT video playback, Adtec
signage players, Boland, Sharp and Samsung LCD displays, 3M
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extenders and Medialon system control.
The architect for the museum building was Davis Brody Bond,
LLP. The museum is accessed by an entry pavilion designed
by Snøhetta. Creative direction was provided by the museum
itself, with principal exhibit design by Thinc Design, supported
by Layman Design who were responsible for the historical
exhibition. The vital role of media designer was undertaken by
Local Projects, with additional content provided by Infusion and
Project Rebirth.
Exhibit fabrication was by Design & Production and Hadley
Exhibits. PPI Consulting was the audio-visual systems designer
for the museum and education center. Arup was the designer
for the Pavilion Auditorium. AV systems integration was by
Electrosonic.
Photographs (right), clockwise from top left:
• The Pavilion, the above-ground entrance to the Museum.
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• Entrance to the memorial exhibition. Eight touch tables enable
visitors to scroll through the Wall of Faces or search for loved ones
and access biographies and photos. (Photo by Jin Lee)
• The historical exhibition. (Photo by Jin Lee)
• The Rebirth exhibit was mocked up in Electrosonic’s Burbank facility.
• Electrosonic also provided a full AV system for the multi-purpose
Pavilion auditorium and four education classrooms.
The vast Foundation Hall features the exposed slurry wall which retains the Hudson River and the evocative Last Column with touch screens
that show details of the signatures and mementos on the column. (Photo by Jin Lee)
NATIONAL
SEPTEMBER 11
MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
with mirror mounts display the content, while 16
ceiling-mounted loudspeakers recount, in multiple
languages, where people were on that fateful day.
Rebirth is based on time-lapse documentary footage
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over the last 13 years, from the clean-up of the
pit to today’s rebuild. Seven projectors display
the 11-minute video on three walls that surround
visitors.
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Photo by Amy Dreher
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