Temporary Exhibition

National Maritime Museum

Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year

2018

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Factory Settings were appointed the exhibition build for the Investment Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 10, the 10-year celebration of the existence and display of the yearly award. The exhibition design was couched around the core motif of matt-black light-boxes back-lighting and framing over 100 astronomical photographs, with a variety of methods of mounting the light-boxes. An optically stream-lined and visually light-weight design meant that FSL accepted the challenge of negotiating the incorporation of partly transparent or shallow surfaces with the cautious and longevity-focused installation of masked LED-surrounds and the cabling required to run all low-voltage LEDs. This required a great deal of forethought throughout the design development and drafting process, as well as care taken by our trained personnel onsite, all made workable by FSL’s broad base of collective knowledge of niche processes and materials.

The build by Plaid Design with 2D elements by Praline incorporated carefully chosen materials like valchromat and a bespoke subcontracted framework, as well as the management of subcontracted finishing processes like 2-pack spraying and powder-coating to achieve a highly precise specification with the required long-term robustness of a permanent fit-out. The shop area received particular attention for the incorporation of gently curved aluminium laminate cladding and closable merchandise compartments, as well as a shop desk with carefully achieved curved and finished elements.

Further, FSL managed the installation of painstakingly sampled and delicately installed graphics that were backlit by the lighting designer to simulate an abstracted starry glow. All these elements, along with Bolon carpeting and the safe enabling and suspension of light-rings above the valchromat seating constructions, necessitated considerable attention to sampling and prototyping, as well as total control over the overall schedule and management of numerous subcontractors and a crucial sequence of works. As always, this was entirely taken on by FSL, so that the client had to do little more than make the necessary approvals of specification, and delivery was orchestrated entirely in-house.