You need a door for access. Why? - What if the content changes? The content always changes. - Typos? - Hardware failure. We've had several high quality displays fail on us one month into a show. We've had several computers fail on us during the middle of a show. We haven't had many media players fail on us in the middle of a show, but it's happened.
You need a fan or vent for heat. Why? Here's a little experiment you might consider. Poke a hole in the box the monitor came in. Run the power and display cable through the hole. Plug everything in and put the monitor in the box and turn it on. Give it 8 hours and see how hot the box gets. For better instrumentation, put a Hobo temp logger in the box and check if the monitor is living within it's heat specs. Run this by your fire marshall. All of that being said, I think you can make some very discrete and flush doors for media displays. If you really need the monitor built into a flush surface with no doors, at least run long cables to it and make the media player or computer accessible from a doored location. I'd be very worried about building a monitor and player into a taped off painted wall with no access. I love the idea of working to make the media devices disappear from view, but accessibility for maintenance is an important requirement in this challenge. bk ps - If you do have to make a monitor stick out from the wall more than a few inches, make sure to add a foot rail so that visitors with canes and low vision aren't able to run into the protrusion. ---------------------------------------------------- bryan kennedy director, exhibit media science museum of minnesota bkennedy at smm.org 651.221.2522 ---------------------------------------------------- On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM, Rich Cherry <rcherry at museumsandtheweb.com>wrote: > I would go for an inwall mount like this: > > http://www.mountsdirect.com/product_info.php?cPath=1_17&products_id=632&osCsid=bf329e9a14afd1e965d7fd97102defef > > Alos is this for a long term exhibit or a 3-4 month one? I would > obviously be more concerned on a long one. > > Rich > > > On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 8:40 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 > > > > ?? > > > > GEORGE SCHAROUN > > Technical Producer, Gallery Media > > Museum of Fine Arts, Boston > > gscharoun at mfa.org | 617-369-3512 > > http://www.mfa.org > > > > _______________________________________________ > > You are currently subscribed to mcn-l, the listserv of the Museum > Computer > > Network (http://www.mcn.edu) > > > > To post to this list, send messages to: mcn-l at mcn.edu > > > > To unsubscribe or change mcn-l delivery options visit: > > http://mcn.edu/mailman/listinfo/mcn-l > > > > The MCN-L archives can be found at: > > http://mcn.edu/pipermail/mcn-l/ > > > > > > -- > Rich Cherry > Co-chair, Museums and the Web > @richcherry > www.museumsandtheweb.com > > _______________________________________________ > You are currently subscribed to mcn-l, the listserv of the Museum Computer > Network (http://www.mcn.edu) > > To post to this list, send messages to: mcn-l at mcn.edu > > To unsubscribe or change mcn-l delivery options visit: > http://mcn.edu/mailman/listinfo/mcn-l > > The MCN-L archives can be found at: > http://mcn.edu/pipermail/mcn-l/ >