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Hatching the Past, Dinosaur Eggs + Babies

An Exhibition at Waikato Museum

The colour selection for this natural history exhibition is dramatic, yet friendly and inviting for a family audience.

Dinousaur exhibit

We chose eleven Resene colours, from a 'dirty' neutral, through spicy warm tones and swampy greens, to a mellow Resene Minx. The hearty colours, link to nature: fiery orange of rock, lush green of foliage, and deep red of blood.

Colour was used to clearly define the exhibition sections for visitors. A jagged line alluding to a cracked eggshell travels the perimeter of the gallery. Nero silhouettes of dinosaurs are painted on the walls to give visitors a sense of awesome scale of the creatures.

Touring components were a consideration when designing additional elements for the space. Screens incorporating plywood and natural canvas were created to divide the gallery, and Matangi Gold pebbles cover the plinths beneath huge skeletons.

Dinousaur exhibit 2

A purpose-built shop incorporates the same colours and materials used in the exhibition space. We created an organic, scale-like pattern on the shop desk and wall, using Resene Planter on Resene Secret Garden. Transparent vinyl applied to the Resene Acropolis (Resene Half Tea) display cabinets created a subtle, light-catching effect between rich accent colours.

Dinousaur exhibit 3
Natural history exhibit - Gift shop

Thoughtful colours, lighting and layout work together to create a space with a sense of wonder and amazement, where a discovery takes place around every corner.

Dinousaur exhibit 4

"The execution was brilliant, with the layout well thought-out."

Dinousaur exhibit 5
Dinousaur exhibit 6

Colours used: Resene Acropolis (Resene Half Tea), Resene Alibi, Resene Dynamite, Resene Minx, Resene Nero, Resene Orange Roughy, Resene Panzano, Resene Planter, Resene Secret Garden, Resene Stowaway.

Products used: Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen.

Colour Selection and Spatial Designer: Steph Chalmers
Graphic Designer: Lana Marquand
Graphic Designer: David McDonald
Installation Team: Waikato Museum Exhibitions Team
Photographer: Aisha Roberts
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2011

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