The Great Animal Orchestra Exhibit at The Exploratorium

JMP worked with the creative experts at The Exploratorium to build and install The Great Animal Orchestra, an immersive ecological experience for the senses.

This incredible exhibit, created by bio-acoustician Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists, is an immersive audio-visual experience showcasing healthy habitats around the world. In summer of 2023, the traveling exhibit made its way to the Exploratorium in San Francisco. JMP built the structure that housed the exhibit, consisting of a 2,600 square foot sound and lightproof enclosure with a giant wrap around LED screen, reflection pool, and seating area for visitors. The challenge came in creating a considerably large and free-standing sound and light-proof space within the museum that sits atop one of San Francisco’s famed Embarcadero piers. Once again we turned to the trusty adaptability of ModTruss systems to build the infrastructure for The Great Animal Orchestra. We would not have been able to achieve the 55′ clear span with other standard building materials. Using ModTruss also helped achieve sustainability goals as the structure was reusable. There were many technical challenges with this project. In particular, isolating the room from the noisy environment of the Exploratorium using lightweight materials. Building a room inside the museum on a pier that met all the lift safety requirements of a permanent structure including sprinklers, HVAC, egress, seismic engineering, reflecting pool, etc. also posed a considerable challenge. But we had an excellent collaboration with the hardworking crew at The Exploratorium and look forward to working with them again.

Take a look at the video and images below to see The Great Animal Orchestra exhibit and learn more about its story.

Photos courtesy of The Exploratorium

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