In the Mystic Seaport Museum exhibit, we established the sea change theme at the entrance. Projected onto a 20’ high sail form, guests choose between different states of the sea: calm, blustery, raging or frozen.
At the "Sea Change" exhibit, unifying “sail forms” served to define the space, create pristine backdrops to frame each hero object and compliment the dramatic height of the gallery.
Connecting to the sea-borne theme, each object has an abstract “sail” - as backdrop for projecting a “story” that gives visual information about time, place and significance.
At each object station the guests can choose topics that an “expert,” who serves as a storyteller for the object, will speak about on an audio phone, with video support.
Our scope of work included: exhibit design, content development, storyboard creation, interactive design, graphic style guide, material sourcing, lighting design, construction drawings, budget tracking, set up supervision as well as sourcing, bid analysis and managing the production team.
Our presentation of the "HMS Burford" included an interaction using an endoscopic camera to see inside the fully detailed interior of this 18th-century Man-of-War ship model.
This tactile interaction includes the visitor’s manipulation of model ships with various “dazzle” camouflage designs from World War I to see which is most visually disruptive to an enemy submarine commander.
In the 1850's Cobweb Palace saloon in San Francisco, patron’s traded scrimshaw (some on display here) for beer and whiskey. The immersive display explains how scrimshaw is made and shows different production phases.
One of the featured objects is a 30’ Arctic umiak that was used to cross the dangerous Northwest Passage. Due to its scale, it was suspended from the ceiling for optimum display purposes.
An overhead view shows the flow of forms & traffic in the exhibition space. Objects seen from right to left are: 1740 ship model, Chinese bed, cradle made from a turtle shell and nautical charts made before the Revolution.
Mystic Seaport museum selected (10) unrelated artifacts of varying sea-borne transformations for this 5,000 sq. ft. “Sea Change” exhibit. The objective of the exhibit was to honor the dramatic interior, to be minimal in presentation and to make the featured objects heroes, showing their relevance today. To tie all objects to the sea via use of form, the design solution included the creation of a variety of abstract sail shapes that served to define the space, create pristine backdrops to frame each hero object and compliment the height of the gallery. To maintain an austere approach, we created a layered experience of choice and variety for the guests to engage different levels of interest. This provided relativity for the guest by telling rich stories of emotion, technology and survival through visual projection and meaningful interactives.
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