Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc. Saint Louis, MO

Project Details

Fabric 1

Poly Knit
Producer: Fisher Textiles
Supplier: Fisher Textiles

Design Company
Washington Historical Society

Fabrication Company
Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.

Graphics Company
Washington Historical Society

Project Manager Company
Nick Nieponski

Installation Company
Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.

Please describe the project specifications

Custom fabricated and installed six framed fabric radius and straight backlit lightboxes ranging in sizes from 9’ high x 20’-40’ wide. These backlit screen structures displayed historical events from the past. Framework constructed from aluminum tubing, graphics dye sub printed on backlit poly knit fabric, attached to frames via SEG and aluminum H channel extrusion, mechanically fastened to interior perimeter of box. LED lighting with power packs attached inside on the perimeter. All exposed aluminum was painted dark bronze.

What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?

The client was refurbishing their DC Public Library and reopening in Carnegies Library renaming it the DC History Center. The grand opening was an expected success with the “Big Picture” exhibit displaying panoramic photos taken in Washington from 1913-1996 by the Fred Schutz Studio and Capitol Photo Service. The goal was to show a mesmerizing effect with the large curved light boxes so visitors could experience real people and event details.

What is unique or complex about the project?

The sheer size of the graphic panels produced from the archived photos showing considerable detail is breathtaking. The backlit displays give visitors a unique experience.

What were the results of the project?

The client was very excited for the DC History Center grand opening and he commented that the “Big Picture” inaugural exhibit was the real attraction.

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