The NWWII Museum’s Bollinger Canopy of Peace

On the evening of December 9, The National WWII Museum officially dedicated its new Bollinger Canopy of Peace, made possible through a generous 2015 gift from “Boysie” Bollinger and his wife Joy. After several years of planning and consulting with the Museum, we were honored to finally help the Museum present this iconic structure as a sparkling new part of our city’s skyline.

Solomon Group used its technological capabilities and Illuminarc’s 50,000 hour lifespan Ilumipod LL fixtures to light and program the Bollinger Canopy of Peace, a soaring architectural centrepiece that was officially opened at the end of last year

The Bollinger Canopy of Peace spans across the Museum’s architecturally distinctive campus—visually unifying the Museum’s pavilions and the many stories shared within, while also honoring the American spirit that brought the nation together to defeat tyranny during World War II. Rising 148 feet above the center of the campus and standing 481 feet long and 133 feet wide, the Canopy’s bold presence reflects the significance of the Museum’s mission.

In the midday sun, the towering, bright-white Canopy serves as a beacon to visitors and locals alike; after sundown, a state-of-the-art lighting system transforms the Canopy into a stunning new nighttime icon bringing greater awareness to the Museum’s mission.

On December 9, 2021, Solomon Group’s AV technology team and live events team worked together to create an unforgettable ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the new Canopy. Solomon Group produced the event, which featured large-scale projections of preview footage of the Expressions of America night time experience and a fireworks show.

  • Lighting Design + Systems
  • Programming
  • Equipment Procurement
  • Installation Services
  • Show Control System Design + Programming
  • Live Event Production