Interpretation Inspiration – Konstanz

I do love a good bit o’ interpretation. Here’s what I saw on a recent trip down the Rhine to Konstanz: A 3-Dimensional Map of the City’s “Altstadt” When I was there, almost every visitor who walked through the cathedral’s square was drawn to this map. The buildings are reproduced in detail, and it was…

Interpretation Inspiration

Clever interpretation is always awesome, and I never know where I’ll  find it. Here are some of the signs, images, and labels that have captured my imagination lately. This week: old trees, trolleys, and gin. Strassenbahn, Freiburg, Germany: Everything is a work of art, from the paintings to the people in the frames to the…

Why Don’t You? Guerrilla Interpretation

How do you do interpretation? In exhibits? On panels? Labels, plaques, historic markers? Why don’t you ditch the traditional signage, go rogue, and… Take interpretation outside the museum? Into the community? To the streets, corners, and little back alleys? Ditch the engraved plaques in favor of slapdash signs? Handwritten? Collaged? In haiku? Decorated with copious…

Nothing New Under the Sun*

The caption in a Wikipedia article on Xoanon: Synthesizing the Lady of Ephesus as Diana Aventina: a Roman marble copy of a Greek replica of a lost Geometric period xoanon (18th-century engraving). An engraving of a copy of a replica of a sculpture. Apparently museums come by the tradition of reusing other people’s good ideas honestly. [Thanks to intrepid world-traveler Patricia Walker, who…

Label Love Letter: The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Jellies: Living Art

I can’t praise creating beautiful, emotive, unexpected, and fun text without referencing one of my favorite exhibits of all time: the Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Jellies: Living Art. The exhibit’s now closed, but was it ever something amazing. Showcasing jelly species against paintings, sculptures, and scientific illustrations, the exhibit displayed jellies as pieces of art and wrote about art…

Label Love Letter: Thierry Mulhaupt Chocolatier

On a recent trip to Strasbourg, France, I ate all the chocolate. All of it. Almost as delightful as the “Praline au Beurre Sale” (omg, btw) at Thierry Mulhaupt Chocolatier was the text that accompanied my treats. Prepared to be amazed, amused, slightly confused, and generally delighted. (emphases by me) Contemplate the chocolate rocher, ponder over the…

Monday Links

Are you all subscribed to The Brain Scoop? Excellent, I thought so! This fantastic behind-the-scenes look into the Phillip L. Wright Zoological Museum is nostalgic for all of us who have actually used a brain scoop (ah, memories), and super-interesting for everyone else. An oldie but a goodie: Stuff Museum People Say. “Bleed away from…