Quatrefoil’s work for the Virtual Science Center exhibition “Reinventing Reality: Explore the Science of Virtual Reality” received the Gold Award in the AR, VR, Mixed Reality category of the 2021 MUSE Awards.
The American Alliance of Museum (AAM) MUSE awards recognize outstanding achievement in media and celebrate “scholarship, community, innovation, creativity, education, accessibility and inclusiveness.” Winning projects are selected by an international group of technology professionals drawn from galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
In the awards announcement, AAM noted “the jury felt that this experience was a great use of VR and use of technology to make the concept understandable in an innovative way.”
“Reinventing Reality” debuted in late 2019 at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkeley. It is scheduled to open this month in San Jose.
National Postal Museum
Quatrefoil projects for the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum and the National Law Enforcement Museum were completed and opened to the public last week.
Quatrefoil worked closely with the National Postal Museum’s in-house team to define and implement a reopening strategy that allows visitors to safely enjoy exhibits and interactive experiences.
The Quatrefoil project team reviewed each activity that required hands-on interaction from low-tech sliders and flip-panels to touch-screen multimedia and audiovisual treatments. Quatrefoil then developed a mitigation strategy for each activity along with a priority ranking.
Among the changes: audio wands have been replaced with directional speakers to make content delivery contact-free and styluses are available for visitors to use on touch-screen multimedia interactives. Each stylus features a hook that can be used to operate pull-panels and other mechanical interactives.
Quatrefoil’s affiliation with the National Postal Museum dates to the Ford Education Center opening in 2003 and has included several projects since. We’re pleased to have been able to support the museum during these challenging times and even more pleased for the visitors who can once again explore America’s postal history from Colonial times to present.
National Law Enforcement Museum
Nearby, at the National Law Enforcement Museum, “Post-9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement,” examines the effects that the terror strikes have had on police departments and agencies in the fight to keep the United States safe over the last two decades. Quatrefoil worked with the NLEM on the exhibition planning and design.
“The ‘Post 9/11: The Evolution of Law Enforcement’ exhibition provided Quatrefoil the unique opportunity of creating a memorial space within the context of a scholarly examination of how law enforcement has evolved since 9/11/2001,” said Quatrefoil Partner and Chief of Experience Strategies Michael Burns.
The 2,000 square-foot exhibit includes artifacts and iconic images from all three crash sites, including a steal beam from the World Trade Center, a concrete block from the Pentagon, and fragments of Flight 93. The exhibition is scheduled to be on display at the museum through July 31, 2022.
Quatrefoil designer Cole Breeding also designed the exhibition’s companion catalog.
Quatrefoil’s fabrication and installation partner was Capitol Museum Services (CMS). Quatrefoil and CMS previously collaborated on the “AfterWARd” special exhibition for the American Revolution Museum @ Yorktown in 2017.
WELCOME TO THE TEAM
Quatrefoil is pleased to announce two new members of our design team. Graphic Designer Auburn Leigh brings more than a decade of experience including her previous work as lead exhibit designer and graphic designer for the Oakland Museum of California. Like Auburn, Exhibit Designer Paloma Olais brings design experience from both the museum side — in her case the Kauffman Museum in Newton, Kansas — and design firm side.
SEE YOU IN LITTLE ROCK?
Visit Quatrefoil Director of Marketing Michael Fetters in the Exhibit Hall at the American Association for State and Local History – Arkansas Museums Association annual meeting in Little Rock, Sept. 22-25.