(art)n Artists: 

Ellen Sandor, Fernando Orellana, TJ McLeish, Pete Latrofa, Jack Ludden, Nichole Maury, Todd Margolis, Mike Kosmatka, Janine Fron and Stephan Meyers

Collaborative Artists: 

DMAC Architecture, P.C. Dwayne MacEwan, Principal
Best Photo Drafting, Inc.
Western Fabricating Company, Ltd.
The Alphabet Shop, Inc.
3M
Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago

Special acknowledgement to Ed Fox, all of the Battle of Midway veterans, historians, friends, and members of the Internet's Battle of Midway Roundtable, who helped provide the photos, stories and facts from the Battle of Midway for this memorial installation.

Size: 
20'x20'x20'
Medium: 

PHSCologram Sculpture

Materials: 

Duratrans, Kodalith, Plexiglas

Exhibitions: 

The Battle of Midway Exhibit is located just through the security checkpoint and to the left, at the beginning of Concourse A, just across from the Midway Boulevard Food Court. (Please note that due to new Federal Security guidelines only ticketed passengers and badged employees are allowed beyond the security checkpoint.)

Collections: 

The Battle of Midway Memorial was commissioned by the Public Art Program, Department of Aviation, and City of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, Mayor.

Literature: 

In the words of military historian, John Keegan, Midway was indeed an 'incredible victory', as great a reversal of strategic fortune as the naval world had seen, before or since . . . 

During World War II, on June 4, 1942, the United States Navy achieved its most important victory and one of the greatest in all naval history. After the devastating attack at Pearl Harbor the Japanese, within six months, tallied an almost unbelievable series of sea victories in the Pacific—Dutch East Indies, Singapore, Philippine Islands Indo-China, Malaya, Guam, Java Sea and many more. Riding a wave of success the Japanese military leaders, in the Spring of 1942, decided to invade Midway Island. Under Admiral Yamamoto, they assembled the largest war fleet yet seen in modern times. By all calculations the battle should have resulted in a major defeat for the United States Navy. However, three factors intervened: The breaking of the Japanese code, outstanding strategic leadership under Admiral Chester Nimitz, and the uncommonly brave and effective US pilots and crews. As a result, four Japanese carriers were sunk against the loss of one US aircraft carrier. The Japanese returned to Japan never again to be on the offensive in the Pacific.

Joseph E. Jannotta, USN Aviator, Korean War
VADM William D. Houser, USN (Ret.)

Description: 

YOU WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY TODAY HAVE WRITTEN A GLORIOUS PAGE IN OUR HISTORY. I AM PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH YOU.

ADMIRAL NIMITZ

Battle of Midway Memorial, produced by Ellen Sandor, (art)n and collaborators, recaptures Admiral Nimitz's leadership, Joe Rochefort's innovative military intelligence, and the bravery of the US Navy and Marines who won the pivotal Battle of Midway.

The commissioned Memorial measures 20'x20'x14-1/4 and combines computer generated images with digitized photographs and digitally carved images on aluminum, created by DMAC Architecture1/4s proprietary computer numeric control process. The uniquely carved etchings include quotes and images of LCDR. Thach, Station Hypo, and other Midway heroes. The exterior canopy features a montage of Midway heroes and Midway Island.

The interior is composed of two 13'x5' Virtual Reality murals that illuminate the history of the battle in four parts: Task Force 17/Task Force 16, Midway Defenders, COMINT, and Japanese and American Veterans Today. These rendered scenes include historic images of the Midway Defenders and Imperial Japanese Navy, combined with some of the aircraft and carriers used at Midway: USS Yorktown, USS Enterprise, SBD Dauntless, F4F Wildcat, Douglas TBD Devastator, PBY Catalina and others.

The images within the Memorial are PHSColograms(R). A PHSCologram is a process of digitally combining black-and-white and color images with computer generated models and outputting these composites as 3-D image hardcopies.

PHSCologram® is a trademark of (art)n. U.S. Patent numbers 5,113,213, Re. 35,029, and 5,519,794.