In 2013, an exhibit focusing on the history of W.L. Gore & Associates was installed at their Barksdale site. A central hub for the geographic region, the Barksdale facility is home to a conference center, retail store, large scale classrooms, and their Capabilities Center – an interactive display outlining the company's extensive capabilities in fluoropolymers.
Conceived through a close partnership with the company's curatorial team, the exhibit takes a foundational approach to a historic timeline by focusing on the first three decades of Gore's 50+ year history. The foundational approach provided the project team the opportunity to craft a well defined narrative with a finite start and finish. Thematically, the story focuses on the key themes and guiding principles that have been fundamental to Gore's sucess from its inception to present day. A celebration of the dreams, values, and innovative spirit of the company founders, Bill and Vieve Gore; the display highlights the inventions, products, culture, and collaborative team spirit that have been pivotal to Gore's growth.
Each decade begins its story with an Introductory volume featuring iconic imagery, rotating slideshows, and LED edgelit introductory text. The story then continues with a softly backlit main volume displaying a floating timeline of key historical events against a backdrop of large scale images and physical artifacts from Gore's historical archives.
Reverse view of exhibit. The concluding volume is dedicated to the company's founders, Bill and Vieve Gore.
Detail from Introductory volume: rotating slideshow floating within the volume, backlit iconic imagery behind.
Detail from Introductory volume: edgelit type carved into front facing glass panel, backlit iconic imagery behind.
Pivot door faced display cabinets act as exhibit anchors. Each pivot door holds a large pane of digitally etched gradient glass shifting from frosted to clear. The gradient etched glass creates a subtle division between the objects displayed within cabinet and the floating timeline attached to the face of the door. Chosen for its qualities of subtlety and strength, the pivot door seamlessly integrates into the overall structure and easily handles the weight of the floating timeline and 6'-0" wide gradient etched glass panel. The door functions smoothly and provides front access to the interior of the cabinet.
View of display cabinet interior seen through gradient etched glass.
Content and structure are treated as separate elements. A stepped detail is built into the pivot door frame to accomodate the floating timeline grid. The timeline grid consist of a fabricated aluminum channel frame and removeable "lift and drop" acrylic panels. It is mechanically fastened to the pivot door frame, facilitating seamless removal should the need arise.
Each main volume is softly backlight with LED slim panels. Acrylic panels of varying degrees of translucency are utilized throughout, taking advantage of the glowing backdrop.
Close-up view of floating timeline acrylic display box. The display box is held in place with hidden set screws.
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