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Incas Treasures of Peru

Service: Exhibit Planning and Design
Photography: Courtesy of Entro
Awards: Graphis Design Annual Silver Award

The Incas, Treasures of Peru is a temporary exhibit at Pointe à Callière Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, presented in partnership with the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels. Entro worked closely with the Museum, exhibit fabricator Expozone, lighting designer Light Factor, and interactive consultant Gagarin to design this 8,000 square foot exhibit, which examines the history of Peruvian culture through the lens of textile.

Our goal was to make visitors feel as though they are immersed in ancient Peru – and so we built a world around the artifacts, filled with life-size reproductions, large-scale images, projections, sound, video, tactile materials, and interactive activities. This reconstructed Chan Chan wall from the Chimú period, for example, shows how architectural motifs were directly inspired by textile art. The simplified bird, fish, and wave motifs are depicted as if they had been woven.

Textiles and feather ornaments were more valuable than gold in the Inca world, weaving together social, economic, artistic, and religious life. Threads literally run through the exhibit tying different scenes together: both physical and graphic, the threads lead patrons from area to area, guiding them on a journey through time from pre-Inca civilizations through to the Inca art and cultural influences that survive in the modern day.

A spectacular interactive finale concludes the exhibit, inviting children and adults to select their own ancient patterns and weave a digital tapestry.

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