The Mobius Science Center is a new, 26,000-square-foot museum featuring 65 self-guided, interactive science exhibits. Its mission is to cultivate a love for science and technology among 8- to 12-year-olds by making science fun.
Renate led the board, staff, and community through planning, design and production of 12,000 sq. ft. of innovative hands-on exhibits and experiences for the new museum. The open-floor facility encourages unscripted, experiential learning through self-discovery. Clean lines, sleek surfaces, and an industrial atmosphere evoke a high-tech feel.
Graphic elements include floor projections that facilitate wayfinding and exhibit identification. Exhibits engage visitors through a combination of physical and technological interaction. An air cannon shoots blasts of air to move distant hanging targets. Visitors explore the mathematical nature of music by manipulating circular patterns on a touch table, including the ability to “steal” music from those next to you. A touchscreen digital imagery table allows visitors to conduct a virtual autopsy, “peeling off” layers of skin to learn about human anatomy. In another area, a high-speed digital camera captures visitors mid-jump, then allows a slow-motion replay. Participants can email themselves a video flipbook of their jump as a takeaway. Visitors also learn the story behind Velcro with a free-play exhibit that demonstrates its effectiveness.
Anne Bernard (principal, creative director), Caroline Brownell Gut (art director, graphic designer), Melissa Paugh (project manager), Nathan Fasser (3d designer)
12,000 sq ft
$3,000,000 (fabrication and installation)
Cassie Caldwell (graphic production), Jessica Wilcox (3D design), Available Light/Ted Mather (lighting consultant), Nikki Amdur (editor)
Maltbie (primary fabricator), Arxi Creative/Christian Bannister (media production), Tenji, Inc./Mark Faulkner (tanks and habitats), Graphic Zone (die cut vinyl graphics and silkscreening), Photo Lab Inc. (lambda clear base transparencies, direct substrate printing, inkjets)