The American Battle and Monuments Commission (ABMC) wanted to replace the existing Visitor Centre at a World War II military cemetery with a new and modern building. Located in Nettuno, near Rome in Italy, the cemetery commemorates soldiers who fell in the Scilly-Rome campaign, which led to the liberation of Rome. The site area is 77 acres, with 7,860 burials and a chapel with an engraved stone wall naming 3,095 WWII soldiers missing in action.
Pico were selected to fabricate and fit out the interior and provide audio-visual installation for the new building.
Visitors to the Centre are greeted by a 14m-long, faceted wall panel, the front side of which is printed with the ABMC’s history and a 5m-wide world map indicating all of their cemeteries and monuments worldwide. The reverse side of the wall tells the story of the American and Allied Forces’ campaign achievements.
Inside the building, an exhibition stretches across five faceted walling sections stretching a total of 28 linear metres, constructed as back-to-back 2.4m high sections of toughened glass overlaid by aluminium panels telling the story of the battle campaign in this region. The Sacrifice Gallery displays photos of fallen soldiers and their personal stories.
Audio-visual-wise, Pico equipped the theatre with a 70” Planar monitor and three 32” touch screen stations, supported by still images and video, designed to help visitors understand the battles of WWII. The software on these stations will be expanded over time to include more detailed and specific storylines.
Pico is already working with ABMC to provide additional items that will further enhance this moving memorial to the fallen soldiers of WWII who gave their lives to liberate Italy.
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