Wiess Energy Hall 3.0 featuring Energy City

Wiess Energy Hall 3.0 featuring Energy City

‘Energy City’ Debuts at The Houston Museum of Natural Science

by Ryan Gallow | October 17, 2017 12:02 am CST

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On Nov. 20, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will introduce the third iteration of its famed Wiess Energy Hall, already largely renowned as one of the most technologically advanced, forward-thinking displays of the intricacies of energy not only in the nation, but across the globe.

Among its new offerings is “Energy City,” a 2,500-square-foot 3D representation of the city of Houston and its encompassing terrain, from downtown to the surrounding Gulf Coast waterways. Composed of almost 200 40×40-inch tiles, 32 laser projectors and resting on a base made of square steel tubing that weighs in at 5 tons, this impeccably-detailed exhibit required almost 9,000 man hours to both design and build.

While some creative license and imagination was indeed required to craft such an expansive concept, it does include true depictions of some of downtown Houston’s most recognizable edifices, including the Chase Tower, Pennzoil Place, the Esperson building, and City Hall.

Considering how big a role that energy and design play in our great city, it’s truly no surprise that a mind-blowing degree of detail was applied to the construction of this exhibit. Be sure to see it in person when it opens at HMNS next month.

For more information, visit hmns.org.