Kvorning Design & Communication designed the exhibition about Morten Smith Petersen’s significant influence on local, national and international matters. The setting being Hasseldalen in Grimstad, which Smith Petersen bought in 1848. Here, his ships were crafted and he built his shipping business.
As a ship-owner and businessman Smith Petersen was a keen advocate of modernizing and professionalizing the Norwegian shipping trade and as a politician he believed strongly in free trade and the “autonomy of the shipping companies”. Smith Petersen was also co-founder of Det norske Veritas in 1864.
The permanent exhibition offers plenty of interaction and entertainment for everyone. Here, for example, visitors young and old can sculpt out a rock carving, go exploring in the history of Alta in the Landscape Game and generate luminescent rock carvings in the dark by lamplight. Trace in Stone offers experiences and activities that will wow, inform, generate debate and provide food for thought. The exhibition also includes a selfie booth with Northern Lights, buttons and infographics that conjure up and animate the magic of the spirit world of the past.
“With Trace in Stone we invite the public to enjoy experiences, participation and exploration, while at the same time encouraging their curiosity and engagement. The exhibition provides an altogether different experience to previous exhibitions, and visitors will learn about rock art by using both their hands and their heads. The museum has been working on the exhibition for many years, and we are extremely proud that we can now show it off to both the local population and all our visitors,” states Harriet Hagan, Manager of the World Heritage Rock Art Centre at Alta Museum.
At Hitra, on an island just off Trondheim, it’s all about salmon. Here, fish eggs are fertilized, matured and hatched in fresh water. Here young salmonids grow to full size in the floating fish-rearing cages of the sea. And here at the Coastal Museum’s Sandstad Department they are harvested. So this is the obvious location to convey the history of the Norwegian fish-farming industry, and to let 24 pioneers tell you about their contribution to the development of Norway’s second-largest export trade.
Kvorning and Vindfang’s concept conveys Norwegian fish-farming history from 1970 to the present day through three major narratives: The local history, with animation of Hitra and the area; the national history of the pioneers along the coast from Finnmark to Vestfold, and the history of the salmon and the industry as a reworked 360-degree show with moving pictures and natural sounds in Aegir’s Hall: the octagonal cinema. Silhouettes of the pioneers reflect the dynamics. Past and present.
As grown-ups and kids head down the stairs, or descend by the elevator, into the basement and the History Collection, they are welcomed by a 2 x 2 metre logotype. Here they explore their own childhood through the gems of the exhibition: LEGO products conveying the company’s long history though significant milestones, drawings and models. Everything a true Lego fan could possibly imagine. Also animations of kids playing in classic scenarios.
Halfway through the collection visitors will see a light which lures them into a room resembling the interior of a giant LEGO brick. An exhibition of original LEGO models and boxes through decades. Anyone can find a cherished LEGO box, either as a physical model or on the interactive table displaying more than 5,000 LEGO boxes. In big round showcases and along the walls are hundreds of original models and boxes on display to stir dear memories.
Deep Secrets is pure Jules Vernes! Exploration, activities and drama, lots of challenges for hearts and minds, analogue and digital attractions which stimulate collaboration, learning and play, the exhibition appeals to 12-year olds – and thus involves entire families.
The permanent exhibition was won in invited competition.