Hall of Birds Atmospheric Projections
Multimedia Installation
for The Field Museum’s permanent exhibition
art direction
Hall of Birds gallery with cases and wall projections

The original Hall of Birds dates back to 1921 and features the largest display of North American and international bird specimens in the world.  As part of a massive upgrade to the exhibition, our challenge was to introduce an element that would bring life to the hall, prompt visitors to look up, complement the specimen cases, and induce an emotional response of surprise, awe, and appreciation for birds and their diverse habitats.

In this highly collaborative project, we created an aesthetic which balanced silhouetted live action footage with illustrations, mapping 5 distinct environments and their birds onto architectural elements on the gallery walls.

The details:

  • 4 synched 12’ projections with environmental soundtrack
  • Field Museum production team:  Greg Mercer, John Kinstler, Patrick Kohlhagen, Emily Ward, Simon Watson
  • Sound design:  Stephen Wilke, “Open Sky Productions”
  • 12 min.
  • 2012

A short sampler featuring clips from each of the four projected environments in the Hall of Birds