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FDR Library and Museum, under construction and opening soon, part 1

03 Jun 2013

For the past couple of years I’ve been working on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, in Hyde Park, New York and—holy cow—the public opening is less than a month away. With time dwindling, I decided to finally share some process photos: production samples, shop visits, and installation.

The library has been posting photos of the ongoing installation on their tumblr. The photo below comes from there; I grabbed it to highlight the graphic in the background. There are four of these structures throughout the museum, one for each of FDR’s elections. The one below is awaiting its dimensional title and stars, but still should give you a sense of how it will look when it’s complete.


The graphic is silkscreened onto a sheet of Acrylite P-95 with white vinyl film adhered to its second surface. Silkscreening on P-95 creates a subtle shadow and gives depth to the text. At certain angles the text looks dimensional. Here’s a photo of the sample provided by the fabricator (with one of the aforementioned dimensional stars):



Below, the main story panels used in the World War II gallery of the museum, which I am especially happy with:


They’re built from 5/8″ clear acrylic, first painted on the front surface with regular old Ben Moore paint, save for a “window” left free of paint. The text is printed onto the painted acrylic surface, and then the photo—a Laserchrome metallic print—is adhered to the second surface of the acrylic, within the window area.


The photo above gives you a sense of the depth and the jewel box effect created by layering the photo behind the acrylic.

Here’s a peek at the backside of the pane. The aluminum angle frames are painted with Matthews acrylic polyurethane paint:



For wall murals I spec’ed DreamScape wallcoverings in various finishes. Here’s another photo from the FDR blog, showing installed murals (again, sans dimensional titles, and sans a scaffolding structure that will be located in front):


I’m pleased with the crisp image quality, especially on the rough textures, such as “Plaster”:


And below, the “Mystical” finish:


More coming soon!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 17 Jun 2013 11:44 am

    I like the layer effect with the photo on the back surface. Do you put anything on the front to protect the type and paint?

  2. 24 Jun 2013 9:46 pm

    Markus: Thanks! Nope, nothing over the paint and printing. My view on damage by visitors is that if a jerk wants to ruin something, he’ll ruin it—an overlam isn’t going to stop him.

  3. Ambika permalink
    19 Sep 2016 4:39 am

    Really liked the detailed descriptions. Have you ever used second surface tinted film with Silkscreen-ed Acrylic?


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