As discussed in Cul de Sac…, the Media Wall was created to fill the need for a second “center” for the main atrium. The idea was originally paired with a Media Ceiling, a series of monitors mounted to the ceiling of the second floor, and running from the side of the Media Wall, above the proposed “Second Entrance”, across Campus Walk, and far into the cafe.
The ceiling would have utilized LEDs to display scrolling text. It was imagined that the display would relay important news, information about special events, and other content as needed.2
When the “Second Entrance” idea was abandoned, so was the Media Ceiling.4 The idea was novel and interesting, and makes for some captivating concept art. Today the media wall is all that remains of this Vertical and Horizontal Display concept.
For additional information, and much more, see The Collection of Jerry Slezak.
1 Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, Two Elements, 5668 x 4561, JPG, The Collection of Jerry Slezak.
2 Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, Technology Representation – Vertical and Horizontal, 10200 x 13200, TIFF, The Collection of Jerry Slezak.
3 Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, Unnamed Digital Rendering of the Media Wall and Media Ceiling, 4074 x 1995, JPG, The Collection of Jerry Slezak.
4 The concept art discussing the media ceiling is contained in an unbound, undated series of documents found whole in the collection of Jerry Slezak, and in part in the collection of John Morello. The outline of the building interior and the remaining concept art from the series suggest that the idea was part of the final building concept. There are no other documents referencing this subject.
5 Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, Unnamed Digital Rendering of the Media Ceiling as Viewed From Campus Walk, 4043 x 1983, JPG, The Collection of Jerry Slezak.