The making of the WCMC Discovery Wall

A wall-sized digital artwork created from thousands of tiny screens and lenses forms the centrepiece of a major biomedical research centre in New York.

The shimmering and animated foyer installation celebrates the work of the new $650m Belfer Research Building, part of Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) in Manhattan.

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 images and stories will be changing constantly.

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

Aline Chahine
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