ArtScience Museum at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands opened in 2011. Since its launch, the museum has run 15 exhibitions - nine of which have been created by Pico. Our recent collaboration saw Pico collaborate with Wy-To architects to design, fabricate and maintain the mysterious and intriguing Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb exhibition.
The exhibition combines mummies and other priceless artefacts borrowed from the British Museum’s famous Egyptian collection with an amazing 3D cinematic experience. With six mummies and more than 100 artefacts, the exhibit’s showstoppers include the pristine mummy of Nesperennub - a priest who died almost 3,000 years ago - and a groundbreaking 3D film showing the ‘virtual unwrapping’ of a mummy filmed using modern medicine’s most advanced scanning technology.
Given the incredible value of the artefacts, preservation and conservation was top of the agenda for our teams. Great care was taken in the selection of the wood, paint, glue, silicone and fabrics - all of which had to be sent to the British Museum for six weeks of testing before they could be approved.
The pricelessness of the artefacts meant that none of them could be touched by visitors. So, to make sure the public could still enjoy an interactive experience, an immensely entertaining ‘embalming workshop’ was created, complete with a tactile wall featuring 15 different elements used in the embalming workshop. Age-appropriate activity bags are also given out by the museum education team with six tasks to be completed by the ‘young Egyptologist’ visitors during their stay.
Running from April to November 2013, Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is Pico’s highest profile ArtScience Museum exhibition to date - missing it would be a ‘grave’ mistake!
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