I tend to agree with previous posters--heat is your biggest problem with a
recessed mount like that, and if you don't account for it, you'll need to
access the device(s) a lot more often. In the Greek and Roman galleries at
the Met, we built out casework that swung out for easy access, but allowed
for passive air flow from bottom to top. You can (kind of) see them in this
image: http://bit.ly/165xWS9. Touch screens take so much abuse that I think
you need to work from the assumption that you'll be accessing them all the
time, whether to update the software or change out hardware or whatever.
Good luck!


*Koven J. Smith*

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On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM, George Scharoun <GScharoun at mfa.org> wrote:

> Has anyone had experience burying an LCD display in a wall, so as to hide
> the frame and/or crop the image to a desired aspect ratio? Our curators and
> designers (not responsible for the well-being of the equipment) are keen on
> the idea, as it will no doubt give the exhibition a nice clean look.
> However as the technical producer, I feel very uncomfortable putting any
> piece of equipment someplace I can't get to it, i.e. behind taped and
> painted seams.  Even if you were guaranteed the equipment would have
> adequate ventilation, would you agree to install equipment without
> maintenance access?
> The question I'm often asked is, "will you need to get to it?" To which I
> respond, "I shouldn't, but I might." It's true, but it feels like a flimsy
> answer, so I'm curious to know how others have handled this situation, or
> how you would handle it.
> Thanks so much,
> George
> ??
> Technical Producer, Gallery Media
> Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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