This enormous, eighteen-screen, six-panel installation is part of Hillman Library’s vision for the Library of the Future. Counterbalancing the smaller role of physical books and collections in libraries today, this touch wall allows visitors to explore selected items in the Library’s Distinctive Collections department. The curated collections presented on the wall allow visitors to see stunning highlights from various collections, and to learn through the narratives carefully and lovingly put together by the Library’s staff. The collections include a variety of items, including books, videos, audio pieces, maps, and even 3D objects that can be studied from all sides. The full piece—20 feet wide and nearly 6 feet tall—allows six people to choose and explore the collections independently. Each panel also has its own sound, which is isolated from the rest of the panels using directional speakers.
Client: Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh
Role: Technical lead
Selected technologies: C++, Cinder, OpenGL