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South Marine Park Interactive Table

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums / South Shields Museum & Art Gallery   |   Country: United Kingdom   |   Year: 2008

For over 100 years South Marine Park in Tyneside, UK, has been enjoyed by the people of South Shields and beyond. In the summer of 2008, the park was to reopen after being restored to its former splendour. To mark the occasion, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery held an exhibition dedicated to this park telling its story. ​To help tell this story, I came up with an idea of how to bring the park into the gallery. 


This table-based projection interactive of the park was intended to be a focal point in the gallery, giving that certain ‘wow’ factor with a rich mix of media including sounds and moving imagery. Physical actuators along the edge of the table allowed visitors to interact with the park, delve into its history, see and hear stories, view photographs and generally make things happen (but sometimes in surprising ways).


​This project was a labour of love, a fun exercise in stretching budgets, time, creativity and ingenuity (and my sanity at times). Ever notice how trees when seen from above and far way look like broccoli? Such a time saver....

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