THE STORY SPACE
The Science Museum is the home of human ingenuity, with world-class collections of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. This blockbuster exhibition The Sun: Living With Our Star is the biggest exhibition ever staged about the sun and coincides with the 150th anniversary of the the discovery of helium in the sun.
THE STORY NARRATIVE
This touring exhibition presents spectacular interactive experiences, unique artefacts and stunning imagery that reveal the power, beauty and dark side of the sun. Focussing on four key themes, the narrative explores Motion & TIme, Light & the Body, Energy & Power and Sun & World.
THE STORY ENGINEERING
As visitors explore the different spaces they are immersed in creative setworks, beautifully choreographed lighting and interactive displays that create a truly stunning experience. Entering the space, the first glimpse of the sun is presented through a 55” Samsung LCD Screen, which reveals live-feed video of the Sun filmed around the clock from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in space. Moving forward and throughout the exhibition, more can be uncovered with LCD displays and interactive touchscreens that are interspersed across the scenery to share animated narratives, scientific broadcasts and factual encounters.
Colourful and vibrant setworks house an assortment of interpretation, each altering and enhancing the ambience of the various arenas. Soundscapes further contribute to the visitor encounter, accenting the truly magnificent power of the sun. Within Energy & Power, The Sunlight Corridor comprises of two large Hypersound HSS300 speakers mounted in an elevated position within a triangular shaped passageway. This abstract space with directional audio creates a dramatic atmosphere, resembling a bright, energetic beam of light.
In Light & Body, a beach is recreated with focus on the impact of the sun and the resulting health implications where multiple Molitor handsets share people conversing about related issues. Using a 32” Iiyama touchscreen and Kinect camera, visitors can also take up the opportunity to try on different pairs of sunglasses, choosing from the various options where they can then see themselves on screen modelling these fashionable accessories.
The final space showcases an impressive large scale projection of the sun with thunderous audio as a means of impersonating this star’s truly magnificent power. Using a LCD Epson projector with a short throw lens, five Fohhn loudspeakers and two Fohhn subwoofers, this impactful finale leaves a striking and lasting impression.
Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, said 'Since people first looked up at the sky, the Sun has been a source of fascination, awe and inspration and I am sure that this exhibition will deligth, inspire and amaze visitors of all ages. The Sun: Living With Our Star will take people on a richly visual and action-packed adventure filled with remarkable stories, people and artefacts.'