Wild design recognised

28 April, 2010

Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world exhibition
Visitors enjoying Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world.
Image: Dianna Snape
Source: Museum Victoria

Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world exhibition at Melbourne Museum has won the prestigious 2010 Australian Interior Design Award for Installation Design.

In their citation, the jury described Wild as “a groundbreaking museum exhibition,” and noted that “the simplicity of the exhibition design highlights the exquisite detail of the displayed animals in most surprising and endearing ways.”

The Australian Interior Design awards were presented this year in Sydney on 23 April. They celebrate excellence in interior design, and are co-presented by the Design Institute of Australia, designEX and Artichoke magazine. The awards are judged by eminent designers observing the protocols of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Interior Designers.

Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world features a spectacular display of more than 780 birds, mammals and reptiles to highlight the importance of biodiversity and the ways in which it is under threat. As well as showing the incredible variety of animals found in different parts of the world, the exhibition also tells stories of how people are working to conserve wildlife, and what we can do to make a difference.

The Wild team considered the environmental impact of the new exhibition throughout its design and construction. "Where possible the exhibition re-uses components from previous displays, or they have been recycled or offered to other institutions, explained Tim Rolfe, Head of MV Studios. "New materials were selected for their low environmental impact and templates and off-cuts created during production were donated to be re-used in student designs workshops." 

The exhibition is the second phase of the redevelopment of Melbourne Museum’s Science and Life Gallery. The next stage, 600 Million Years: Victoria evolves, uses animation, animatronics, models and multimedia interactives and asks the big question: how did life on Earth come to be the way it is? 600 Million Years opens in June 2010.

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