The Libbie Mill Library in Henrico County, VA, serves as a gathering place for the community to connect, learn, and share knowledge. We created a unique media installation that helps visitors tie the rich stories of Henrico’s past to their own present-day realities, inspiring them to form a vision for the county’s future.
When guests arrive at the library, a curved steel wall with seven integrated screens combines digital and architectural elements to draw them into the space. A map-based motion graphics piece plays on the exterior of the installation, depicting the county’s evolution since its founding.
Circling around to the interior, visitors find an interactive wall and table experience that makes history feel personal and relevant. The wall tells the county’s most important stories from the point of view of a narrator who experienced them. Through the use of text and contemporary and archival imagery, visitors discover surprising information about life in their area, from agriculture to education and everywhere in between. On the accompanying touch table, guests can take a deeper dive into these subjects, exploring the impacts of people and events across time and understanding how they still resonate today.