The $185 million, nine-story San Diego Central Library scheduled to open Monday will include a high school, auditorium, garden, cafe and three-story domed reading room called The People's Penthouse.
But walk into the new downtown San Diego library and one of the first things you will see is a 14-foot-high, 6-foot-tall video display. The Sony Wall was installed by Audio Associates of La Mesa to showcase images and people from America's Finest City.
Sony Corp. approached the city of San Diego about the wall when it was still planning details of what the library could display, according to San Diego Daily Transcript.
All audio and video systems at the new library were installed by Audio Associates, the publication said.
The library may use the display to exhibit local history, landmarks and other things uniquely San Diego.
Members of the public are invited to visit the new library at 330 Park Blvd. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to see the new building and attend a dedication ceremony and street festival.
Audio Associates have worked on the installation of large audio and video displays in San Diego International Airport, Petco Park, convention centers and elsewhere in Southern California, said owner and President Pete Spencer.
Using Sony software and seven 46" TV screens, the video display is interconnected and configured using two computers and seven modified PlayStation3 consoles.
22-year-old Hillary Prescott put the display together over the course of weeks.
"She does an intense amount of programming that happened to have behind the scenes to pull this off and to be honest with you these younger kids knock my socks off any day of the week," Spencer said.