The Benjamin Franklin Museum is the subject of an article on the Museum + Heritage website this month. Not only is the unique nature of the man discussed, giving rise to a fascinating exhibition about life in Revolutionary America, but also the level of Anglo-American co-operation required to make the project come to fruition. We worked with Casson Mann on this project, and the American curators, Remer & Talbott.
DHA completed the lighting for the new exhibition of Stanley Spencer’s Sandham Memorial Chapel paintings, Heaven in a Hell of War, which chronicle his experiences as a War Artist & medical orderly in WW1. Normally displayed in the purpose-built chapel in Burghclere, the canvases have moved to a temporary home in Somerset House whilst the chapel is restored.
DHA worked with the exhibitions staff at Somerset House & curators from the National Trust to ensure these monumental works are displayed to their full advantage in their new home.
DHA are very pleased to have been asked by the Science Museum to light the latest installation in the Antenna Gallery. This new exhibition focuses on the exciting possibilities of 3d printing, both its challenges and its opportunities. Included in the lighting scheme for the gallery is integration with animation as well as a highlighting a new sculpture by Tobias Klien.
This exhibition shows DHA’s continuing collaboration with the Science Museum, and adds to our body of work in the field.
The three schemes that DHA worked on could not have been more different, each requiring a considered approach to the lighting scheme to reflect the individual scheme design, the needs of the audio-visual environment and the very particular lighting requirements of the objects in each exhibition.
Google’s Weblab project required a cool palette of light to suggest the laboratory environment, punctuated by splashes of warm light to indicate interaction and energy.
Heatherwick Studio’s Designing the Extraordinary scheme required a tight punch of light onto each item and object on display to create a jewel-like display of this company’s remarkable output.
The Casson Mann-designed Hollywood Costume sought to re-create the hyper-reality of the film soundstage with dramatic, dark backdrops and projected images to immerse the visitor in the world of character creation by the work of the costume designer.
Congratulations to all of the nominated scheme designers. We were delighted to have provided the lighting designs to each of these remarkable exhibitions.
Located in the historic dockyard of Portsmouth, the Mary Rose Museum displays part of the ship that served the navy of King Henry VIII for 33 years before spending 437 years undiscovered at the bottom of the sea. The remains of the ship were raised from the seabed in 1982, and along with the thousands of artefacts recovered, it proudly sits within the heart of the new museum building designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
Watch the BBC news footage here.