In early 2009 Stage Electrics was contracted by client SGA, a production company specialising in experiences, shows and events for children and families, to provide the scenic and technical elements of 'Wallace & Gromit present A World of Cracking Ideas' - an exhibition at London's Science Museum.
A World of Cracking Ideas was initiated by the Intellectual Property Office in association with Aardman Animations and the Science Museum, designed to encourage budding young entrepreneurs and inventors by using the nation's favourite inventor and his trusty canine.
As part of the interactive family-oriented experience, visitors connect with all kinds of clever and quirky exhibits as they are taken on a tour of 62 West Wallaby Street, Wallace and Gromit's terraced home. The full size front elevation of the house was painted by Stage Electrics' Scenic Department, under the guidance of the Aardman Animations creative team. The experience continues through the hall and lounge, passing the six metre high table lamp workstation, where visitors are encouraged to sit and write up or draw their ideas. After passing through the kitchen, visitors go up to the bathroom where the more adventurous can exit via the bath plug-hole into the garden below. 'Ideas Stations' are located in the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, workshop and garden of the house, so visitors can jot down their own cracking ideas. Exhibits include innovative and patented objects from the museum's own collection, as well as some of Wallace and Gromit's mind-boggling creations like the Tellyscope II, the Piella Propeller and the Blend-o-Matic.
Stage Electrics' exhibition services started with the interpretation of the creative concepts into CAD drawings and specifications, through to the construction and installation of the exhibition design. Stage Electrics provided all scenic services, trussing, lighting equipment, video and audio elements. The project itself was complex and created previously-unseen challenges, including a short lead-in time (the set was built in just 1 month), a two-phase installation, limited access times (when the museum was closed between 6pm-6am) and limited floor weight loadings within the exhibition space.
A World of Cracking Ideas will move from the Science Museum to museums around the UK later in the year, where it will be on display as a temporary exhibition.
SGA who has worked with Stage Electrics on a variety projects during the past few years comments:
"Thanks to the Stage Electrics team for all of the hard work, sweat and tears that were lavished on the Wallace & Gromit exhibition. The team are a credit to themselves and to the company. Their results speak for themselves and are a testament to the determination and professionalism of the entire team. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with you."
(Images courtsey of Andrew Putler)
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