Global experience design and production agency, Thinkwell Group, has designed and produced a new museum for the Centre for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.
The $14 million, 15, 000-square-foot Worlds of Puppetry Museum showcases the largest collection of Henson puppets and artefacts in the world, including favourites from Sesame Street, The Muppets, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.
“Thinkwell was tasked with the challenge of creating a space that would appeal to local, national and even global audiences; one that is visually stunning and functional for Jim Henson’s work and our international puppetry collection, ” comments Vincent Anthony, founder of the Centre for Puppetry Arts.
Thinkwell recreated Jim Henson’s office featuring his desk and his signature red sketchbook which displays reproductions of his illustrations and designs. Other installations include a recreation of Henson’s workshop and an interactive mock television studio that gives guests the chance to try their hand at moving their puppet on stage while avoiding the camera’s line of sight.
“We’ve had the pleasure of working on many museum projects in our company’s history, but it’s hard to imagine something more fun and fascinating than exhibits on puppetry from around the world and the life and work of Jim Henson, ” reports Craig Hanna, Thinkwell’s Chief Creative Officer.
The Los Angeles based company, with offices in Abu Dhabi and Beijing, services a wide portfolio of international clients including Warner Bros., Universal Studios and Lionsgate.
“The reality of the designs is even more than we had ever imagined. Thinkwell’s partnership in this process has been and will continue to be an integral part of the Museum’s success, ” adds Anthony.