The project encompasses the concept design, detailed design, documentation, fabrication and installation of an Introductory interactive wall across 11 meters within the existing gallery space as well as an interactive database research station.
Land, Life, Culture incorporates graphics, object displays, light boxes, touch samples, a 43” touchscreen and children’s audio and touch interactive area imbedded into an 11 metre long by 2.6 metre high prefabricated joinery wall.
As a new permanent element, it introduces the Museum visitor to the natural history of the area, as well as the existing exhibition beyond.
The large panorama graphic of the landscape acts a backdrop to the detailed content, which includes the interactive media touch screen, the presentation of a variety of showcased specimens including, butterflies, eggs, skulls, snails, fish, feathers and plants. Soil samples are presented in glass cylinders and rock samples are on open display.
A dedicated children’s area includes fox tail, rat, dog print and cane toad touch samples, showcased skulls for comparison, including platypus, koala, cat and echidna. As well as audio of cockatoos, curlews, frogs, Indian mynas and lyrebirds.
The content of the Natural History wall looks at three major themes and is overlayed by integrated Aboriginal cultural perspectives. The three major themes are landscape – formation of Wollumbin mountain and the erosion caldera, biodiversity and human impact.
The project explores the habitats the landscape provides and the unique biodiversity of Tweed’s flora and fauna.
The project also looks at the impact’s humans have had on the Tweed environment, complimented with actions humans can take to help preserve and repair the natural environment. This content was developed in consultation with the Tweed Regional Museum team and the Tweed Shire Council’s Aboriginal Advisor and Biodiversity Advisors.
Client Tweed Regional Museum. Project partners included Eye Candy for interactive media design, Good Shout video production and Mental Media for hardware specification and installation and Illuminated Design. Photography by Ryan Fowler.