Interactive Model of Ebbets Field for the Jackie Robinson Museum


Jackie Robinson Museum


New York, New York

Ideum collaborated with the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Gensler DXD to design and develop a signature exhibit for the new Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City. The Ebbets Field scale model is a unique platform for learning more about Jackie Robinson’s life and career. Built out in detail, this 1/64th scale (S scale) model has illuminated LED features that are controllable. In addition, the model itself is projected upon from above, turning the field into a canvas to help tell stories about Jackie Robinson. In addition, an LED tile wall behind the model presents additional animated content. Ideum helped design all of these elements and we provided the 34” 5K “reading rail” displays that allow visitors to interact with the installation.

The model was built in the Ideum Fabrication studio and Ideum’s AV group designed the other elements found in the installation. The model itself has an illuminated scoreboard in the style of the original and several features such as the bullpens, press box, dugouts, and are highlighted and illuminated when visitors select particular stories. Advertisements from the heyday of Ebbets Field were recreated on the outfield fence. In addition, we designed and 3D printed over 30,000 fans that appear in stands. 

The software program designed by Gensler DXD uses the interactive aspects of the model, the projection mapped field surface, the LED tile wall, and the 34” reading rail displays to tell compelling and interactive stories about Jackie Robinson’s baseball career and his work as an activist. All together the object(s), animations, and audio provide a unique multi-sensory experience for visitors.

The Jackie Robinson Museum opened in July of 2022 and a number of celebrities, politicians, and sports personalities attended. To learn more about the opening, see our news story, Jackie Robinson Museum Opening Features Interactive Model of Ebbets Field. Along with Gensler DXD, Ideum worked with Zubatkin and Electrosonic. The Ebbets Field model installation has appeared in the New York Times and the local Albuquerque Journal ran a story on the front page just after the opening.