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© MATTER 2002-2017

QUONSET: METAL LIVING FOR A MODERN AGE

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THE ANCHORAGE MUSEUM, ANCHORAGE AK




Exhibition design and fabrication


This traveling exhibition featured the Quonset hut, a deployable shelter created to house troops and supplies during WWII. The project required organizing and designing an engaging, informational, and visually dynamic environment to display images and objects with a very specific and repetitive focus.

The exhibition display structures took their cue from the utilitarian, deployable metal folding chair, and the distinctive shape of the Quonset hut itself. A set of interlocking, interchangeable, and standardized parts was economically mass-produced by laser-cutting and bending flat steel, allowing components to be shipped compactly, and easily assembled in the field. This system provided the method of display for image panels, graphic panels, and artifacts, with the flexibility of being reconfigured or extended for subsequent venues.

As an act, in part replicating the deployment of the original Quonset, the exhibition was fabricated at the designer’s facilities in the northeastern Lower 48 and shipped via truck and barge to Alaska. The entire show was mounted on a new painted floor raised up on recycled shipping pallets ringed by concealed fluorescent fixtures with ice blue gels evoking the Alaskan horizon; custom pendant lighting was installed to dramatically alter the typically dreary environment of the Museum.


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Matter project team
Sandra Wheeler and Alfred Zollinger, co-directors
Geraldo Dannemann, Kwi-Hae Kim, Karina Moya, William Ngo,
Julie Temme

Exhibition Graphics design
mgmt. design

Curators
Chris Chiei, Julie Decker

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