When our artist-in-residence John Gurche approached us at the Museum of the Earth about using museum space as a temporary studio, our gut reaction was "that would be an amazing opportunity and a great way to get visitors into the museum." In the back of our minds however, lingered thoughts like "how in the world can we possibly display a series of 6 - life sized hominin statues securely in our already limited space?"
Leon Apgar, Museum Operations Specialist
Well we weren't going to let a little thing like that get in the way of a once in a lifetime chance for the museum. So our rag-tag group of champions in exhibits were on the job. Leon immediately went to work building a 7' high wall in the museum lobby while I kept the higher ups settled about the project. Easing their concerns about space, stability, aesthetics, production costs and timing (with another huge exhibit project looming on the horizon). All that said we now have an incredible 16'x10' secure artist's studio that seemlessly blends into the lobby of the museum. I am still shocked at what we were able to accomplish with little space, limited funds, two people, and a week to get it all done. That is why I constantly say, "If you have a project, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the Exhibits A-Team..."
Eric Chapman - Exhibits Manager
--Eric Chapman, Exhibits Manager