Pioneering exhibition design and production company, GSM Project, is celebrating the opening of Anchorage Museum’s transformed Alaska exhibition.
A team of over forty specialists from the Montreal-based firm has designed and built the flagship visitor experience.
First opened in the 1980’s, the re-envisioned exhibition tells Alaska’s history from prehistory to the present day.
The project has taken three years from concept to completion. Throughout the process, GSM Project’s multidisciplinary team worked closely with the museum’s specialist staff including curators, conservators, artists and historians.
A key part of the brief was to represent all voices and perspectives, most importantly those of the region’s indigenous peoples.
The relationship between people and landscape
Presenting over 400 artefacts from communities across the state, it explores the relationship between people and landscape.
“Alaska is a story of place, and its people are the storytellers,” explains Aaron Leggett, Anchorage Museum Curator of Alaska History and Cultures.
“The landscape affects the people who live here, and the landscape is affected by the people who make this place home.”
With offices in Montreal, Dubai and Singapore, GSM Project has been a design leader for over 60 years. Iconic projects include everything from World’s Fair pavilions to observation decks to cutting-edge brand experiences. The company’s highly skilled staff provide complete solutions from concept to creation.
Recent projects include the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of specimens from Southeast Asia. GSM Project was tasked with conceptualising the narrative and developing the design of the public galleries.
The company also created, designed, built, and co-produced the blockbuster exhibition, Star Wars™ Identities, and is responsible for its 10-year, 20-city world tour.
Image courtesy Anchorage Museum