CYPRESS, Calif. – (December 6, 2011) – Christie® MicroTiles® are welcoming guests to the Church History Museum in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah with videos highlighting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' history from its founding in the early 1800s to today. Located at Temple Square, the museum maintains both permanent and temporary galleries, including local artists celebrating the spirit and beauty of Utah deserts and human relationships through the medium of quilts and other displays.
Positioned in the spacious lobby, the 12 wide by 6 high (16 feet wide by 6 feet tall) Christie MicroTiles array shows two displays simultaneously. On the right side, videos play continuously, while, on the left side, features of current and upcoming exhibits are shown.
“The museum wanted to bring in new technologies and when we were at a museum conference in California, we were introduced to Christie MicroTiles,” said Patrick Dunshee, manager, marketing & communications, The Church History Department at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Since we were looking for a high-performance, high brightness television-type screen for the museum, MicroTiles were the ideal fit.”
According to Kurt Graham, museum director, the MicroTiles also serve as a point of reference for groups who gather in the lobby to begin their tour. “You can’t miss the MicroTiles,” he said. “They are the first thing you see when you walk in.”
“The MicroTiles are an important investment for us in terms of our re-conceptualization,” Graham continued. “I wanted to use the MicroTiles as a window into the rest of the galleries. We have thematic vignettes that show content to get people hooked on the topic … to draw them in. What the MicroTiles do is help attract people and draw them in; they act as a museum introduction and overview.”
In addition to generating enthusiasm for current and future possibilities, both Dunshee and Graham are impressed that Christie MicroTiles are almost seamless – with a 1 mm seam between each tile – and with their high resolution.
“The tiles are so close together that there really aren’t any borders,” added Graham. “Christie MicroTiles are a very flexible and versatile digital canvas on which we can change up (the content) regularly. Their versatility, the very high resolution, and the fact that they don’t put out much heat make MicroTiles a very good product.
“It’s great having the MicroTiles in the museum,” Dunshee concluded. “We are very pleased with their picture clarity and what they have done for us at the museum.”