Temporary Exhibition

The British Museum

Troy: Myth and Reality

2020

© The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Troy filled the entire 1120m2 of the Sainsbury Exhibition space, parallelling the complex story with intricate design. Factory Settings built a strong relationship with Vassiliki Holeva (RAA) which allowed for a creative and open collaboration throughout the short build and tight development programme. The space was divided with an exposed timber frame spanning across 45 metres. This epic structure housed many of the Hahn-Louda showcases, some spanning over three and a half metres long. Positioned alongside these were new and reused cases with varying conditional needs and access
requirements. The open wall revealed both sides of the gallery allowing visitors to take in the scale of the 300 objects that were on show.
Factory Settings worked with Showtex to establish the 2D designers, Mat Maason (RAA) vision of an intricate 6m high by 43m long story wall. The illustration was constructed on split battens and meticulously aligned panel by panel to unveil the story of Troy.
One of the challenges was to build a structurally sound horse for visitors to pass under with integrated objects and digital media, another was to construct an archaeological plinth with combined lighting, projection and rigged graphic banners.