Belle & Wissell and Lockwood & Sons partnered to create Oxbow, a place for cross-disciplinary experiments located in Georgetown. SHAKE, a series by artist Alex Lockwood, was on exhibit in Oxbow’s new art installation space from June–September of this year.

SHAKE by Alex Lockwood

SHAKE by Alex Lockwood

 

The series highlights Lockwood’s meditation-through-repetition art making approach and allows for true interaction with the pieces. The artist’s use of commonplace materials—bottle caps, plastic lighters, discarded lottery tickets—revitalizes and transforms them into organic, often mobile, works of art.

The Shotgun Shell Tapestry is 30' tall, and took Lockwood over four months to assemble.

The Shotgun Shell Tapestry is approximately 30′ tall, and took Lockwood over four months to assemble.

 

SHAKE included functional masks for visitors to try on.

SHAKE included functional masks for visitors to try on.

 

Oxbow recently hosted a process presentation and closing celebration of SHAKE. With the ongoing renovation of the space, art installations will be presented at regular intervals. Check back for updates on upcoming events and exhibits.

Lockwood encourages gallery-goers to physically interact with his large-scale, mobile sculptures.

Lockwood encourages gallery-goers to physically interact with his large-scale, mobile sculptures.

 

Oxbow is a collaboration between Belle & Wissell and design-build company Lockwood & Sons. Click here for more information on the project.

Woodland Park Zoo recently welcomed three Malayan Tigers into their new Field House exhibit. Belle & Wissell was selected to create two interactive activities to educate visitors on the species and their critical endangerment.

An immersive media experience and tablet interactives—both on the Malayan Tigers—are featured within the Field House.

An immersive media experience and tablet interactives—both on the Malayan Tigers—are featured within the Field House.

 

The Conservation Field House depicts the actual structures used by biologists working to save Malayan Tigers. A central display—controlled by a series of objects on a work table—reveals three narrative vignettes explaining the current threats to tiger welfare.

Physical objects on the central table relate to the Malayan Tigers' story, and trigger video content on the display.

Physical objects on the central table relate to the Malayan Tigers’ story, and trigger video content on the display.

 

Visitors learn about survival and statistics through short films displayed on a central screen.

Visitors learn about survival and statistics through short films displayed on a central screen.

 

Tablet interactive stations offer an additional three activities intended for individual exploration. Zoo patrons can learn more, commit to tiger conservation, and send messages of thanks to those working to save Malayan Tigers.

 

The tablet stations contain three distinct activities, educating visitors about the Malayan Tigers' endangerment.

The tablet stations contain three distinct activities, educating visitors about the Malayan Tigers’ endangerment.

Unbelievable turnout, this exhibition is a must-see. Tune your interwebs to EMP.

Opening party.

Opening party.

 

Archetypes table in the exhibit space. The kiosk was installed in the wild woods area of the exhibit.

Archetypes table in the exhibit space. The kiosk was installed in the wild woods area of the exhibit.

 

Mapmaker interactive in the exhibit. People could pick between a wizard, a pirate, or a manga styled map to create their world.

Mapmaker interactive in the exhibit. People could pick between a wizard, a pirate, or a manga styled map to create their world.

Drooling over well-designed furniture is one of our favorite hobbies. So you can imagine our excitement when the Bellevue Arts Museum opened an exhibition featuring the king of sexy modern furniture; George Nelson. On loan from the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the Seattle area is one of four lucky U.S. stops to be able to take a peek.

The exhibit, open through February 12, features his accomplishments in office, house, exhibition, and corporate design. Each piece inspires, making us a little bit happier having seen it in person.

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The man himself

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Marshmallow Sofa, delicious but oddly colored

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Clock wall at the exhibition
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Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, an exhibition that pays homage to this significant Northwest band and the music scenes that surrounded it, has only been open a month, but is bringing museum visitors out in droves to EMP in Seattle.
Both local and national press have been covering the exhibit, including The Seattle TimesMTV and Rolling Stone, and praise the exhibit design approach for it’s complexity, innovation and style.

 

Large photo murals

Large photo murals

 

Visitors looking at objects in the long display case with photo murals behind them.

Visitors looking at objects in the long display case with photo murals behind them.

 

Visitors using the first (of three) interactive touchtable stations to explore an extensive collection of media and oral histories not seen elsewhere in the exhibition.

Visitors using the first (of three) interactive touchtable stations to explore an extensive collection of media and oral histories not seen elsewhere in the exhibition.

 

Nirvana "Confessional" media installation allows visitors to share their grunge stories, and then watch them all on a large projection.

Nirvana “Confessional” media installation allows visitors to share their grunge stories, and then watch them all on a large projection.

 

Exhibition Curator: Jacob McMurray
Exhibition Graphic Design and Interactives: Belle & Wissell, Co.
Exhibition Design: Wonder Mine
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After nearly two years of preparation, fans and contributors came together to view the April 16th opening of the Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses exhibit.  A unique combination of artifacts from Nirvana’s heyday including hand-written notes, clothing and instruments are incased amongst streaming video interviews, life-sized photographs, and graphic-based maps. The collection is designed to depict the musical layout of the Pacific Northwest landscape and tell the story of a band that helped shape Seattle’s history.

Along with exhibit graphic design, Belle & Wissell, Co. designed a confessional booth that serves as an interactive recording station for visitors and fans to contribute their personal Nirvana experiences to an ongoing video database stream. To use the interface, viewers watch other, prerecorded, Nirvana “confessions” and answer a queued question about an experience they remember having with or about the band. For example: “When was the first time you heard Nirvana?”

Beyond gathering the perspective of guests, the exhibit contains several interactive touch tables (Belle & Wissell, Co.) which display streaming interviews, music and album art, all selectable by by the viewer. Since the viewers’ relationship to the band varies greatly, the interface allows the user chose how expansive or general their experience of topics is.

Addressing such a complexly personal piece of Seattle history was challenging, but by combining past artifacts with new technology, the Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses exhibit is a powerful and dynamic composite of experiences – connecting fans of all ages to a band and an era that changed music history.

Exhibit Graphic and Interactive Design: Belle & Wissell, Co.
Exhibit Design: Wonder Mine.
Curatorial: Jacob McMurray and the EMP curatorial team

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Exhibit runs: April 16, 2011-April 22, 2013
http://www.empmuseum.org/at-the-museum/current-exhibits/nirvana-taking-punk-to-the-masses.aspx

Belle & Wissell, Co. collaborated with EMP to create an exhibition celebrating the music and history of Seattle grunge luminaries, Nirvana.

Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses will be a large-scale exhibit that includes media interactives, large-format graphics, and artifacts representing the various communities and music of the Pacific Northwest during this era. It will examine how the energy, youthful angst, and local culture of the time merged to change the music industry forever.
View installation photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/empsfm/sets/72157626334265172/

Belle & Wissell, Co. provided exhibition graphic and interactive design.
Exhibit design by Wonder Mine.
Curatorial work by Jacob McMurray and the EMP curatorial team

Exhibition run: October 29, 2010 – June 5, 2011
Opening reception on October 29 @ 6pm.

Northwest African American Museum
2300 S. Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144

Belle & Wissell designed an exhibition that highlights the stories and achievements of African American medical professionals and probes the realities of critical health issues impacting the African-American community in the Puget Sound and beyond.

Exhibit components include exhibit design and graphic design, five exhibit films, a central media art installation, and 5 satellite kiosks (traveling exhibit components).

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evel_knievel.gifBelle & Wissell designed an 8,000 sq. ft. exhibition presenting a surprising
swath of artifacts, ephemera, costumes, and injury x-rays-with massive Evel infographics and a 70s-style arcade game.

See it for yourself:
http://www.bwco.info/work/true-evel-the-amazing-story-of-evel-knievel/?category=exhibitions

This exhibition at the Harley-Davidson Museum was one of many interesting multi-disciplinary projects that we’ve completed recently. See what else we’ve been working on:

http://www.bwco.info

evel_game.jpgGAMES: Evel Knievel 1970s Arcade Game
Evel Knievel’s Daredevil Challenge is fun for all ages and was designed to make reference to the arcade consoles of the late ’70s, while utilizing modern technology.

http://www.bwco.info/work/evel-knievels-daredevil-challenge/?category=interactives

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BOOKS: Born Book Preview Featured by Adobe
Experience it now. This book preview tells the story
of 14 years of global creative collaboration and presents some of Born’s finest work. Read about it on Adobe’s website:
http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/products/indesign/pdfs/us_91030222_bellwissell_ss_ue_fnl_09102010.pdf

future.jpgEDITIONS Future: limited-edition postcards
Our latest installment (a limited edition of 250) is a special postcard set that allows participants to send mail to the future, unlocking important story elements.

http://www.bwco.info/work/future-poster-and-postcard-experience/?category=retail-editions