Electricity: The Spark of Life

Wellcome Collection, Teylers Museum, Science and Industry Museum

Exploring the story of electricity

Exhibition Design

This touring exhibition chronicled the story of electricity from the discovery of static electricity, through to self-sustaining cities, thematically exploring society’s fascination with this phenomena and its inextricable connection to life and death. Three pavilions within the exhibition showcased large-scale artworks.

Our design, inspired by the international network of electrical grids, is a series of shifting pylon structures that transform from freestanding individual tables, to vertical towers supporting a network of lighting grids and finally to simplified outlines of a utopian cityscape. An adapting palette of materials takes the visitor on a journey through landscapes of academia, industry and consumerism.

Client

Wellcome Collection (London), the Teylers Museum (Haarlem) and the Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester)

Location

London UK; Haarlem, Holland; Manchester, UK

Roles

Exhibition Design
Graphic Design (Manchester)

Collaborators

Arup

photography: James Stephenson