About: These photographs have been subtly animated using computer software to give life to a still frame. The components utilized, and described below, create a compact and maintenance-free video display system that offers a unique experience for the viewers of these innovative pieces.

Design:  The system works on both 120V and 220V power and are made to plug in to a standard power outlet. The piece is designed to run continuously for long periods of time without affecting the screen or other hardware components. It takes approximately 15 seconds for the piece to boot once the power button, located at the top of the frame, is pressed. To power off the unit, simply press the power button again. The monitor, designed for industrial uses, was chosen for its fine dot pitch, color reproduction, size and resolution. It is able to display video at HD standards, but in a square format to more closely reproduce the native format of original prints. The computer was chosen for its small size, quiet operation, minimal heat emittance and solid-state construction. There are virtually no moving parts in this unit, making it ideal for long-term, fail-safe, video playback. The software that enables the video playback is highly customized, chosen for its robustness and overall dependability. All parts are UL listed. The mat is comprised of two layers of archival four-ply, which can be easily replaced if necessary due to dirt or damage. The solid walnut artisan frame is designed and hand-crafted by Penobscot Joinery in Midcoast, Maine.


Final Piece: Example of the work installed in a home or museum and closeups of the frame and structure.