WCMC DISCOVERY WALL

A wall-sized digital artwork created from thousands of tiny screens and lenses.

A wall-sized digital artwork created from thousands of tiny screens and lenses was designed by Squint/Opera for the $650m Belfer Research Building, part of Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) in Manhattan. The shimmering and animated foyer installation celebrates the college’s research work.

The large-scale digital installation (approx 4.6m x 2.7m) comprises 2800 mini screens set in a grid pattern behind a panel of thousands of circular acrylic discs – a reference to the lenses used in medical research. The dual layer construction makes it possible to read the wall from a distance as a single image, and then, up close, each screen has information about medical discoveries and other news from WCMC’s website. The installation is programmed so that images and stories change constantly.

To bring the concept to life, every aspect of the hardware was designed from scratch.

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