Here comes the Sun
When Te Manawa enlisted Victoria Jakobs to spread a little ‘Sunlight’ – she found herself spearheading the delivery of its brand-new, interactive, science-based exhibition Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru – the Museum’s first all-new, touring science show in more than a decade – and it’s no small task.
The show, two years in the making, is the product of some hard graft from a dedicated creative and technical team, with input from translators (the show is bi-lingual in both English and Māori) and advisers checking the science at every step. Victoria brings the strands together as the Sun prepares to rise.
Opening the same year as the ‘UNESCO International Year of Light’, Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru will appeal to people of all ages. Covering everything from how the sun was formed to how we use the sun in modern day technologies and everything in between. The ‘Sunlight’ learning experience will come from interacting with digital technology, through physical activity and ‘Sunlight’ based education programmes.
Te Manawa on tour
Victoria says there’s always something happening at Te Manawa, but a lot of people don’t realise that it also develops shows for tour. Last year almost 160,000 people interacted with a Te Manawa-developed show or exhibition outside of Palmerston North.
Victoria remembers bringing her family to Te Manawa to visit ‘Body in Action’, (a Te Manawa-developed touring science show which has just completed a stint at Rotorua Museum). Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru adds to the mix, with a new suite of ideas, activities and engaging digital multimedia.
“The Sun’s never shone quite like this before. When I first came on-board, I saw the concept drawings and was impressed. But seeing them come together, and the technology built into them, has been mind-blowing. We’re all so excited to see people interact with the exhibition interactives very soon.”
Those interactives include a ‘speed of light’ race in which motion sensors can tell you exactly how long you’d take to reach the moon on two legs and there’s a photon game where you’ll beat light barriers to reach, and nourish, plant life on Earth.
As well as being able to climb inside a giant inflatable Sun to hear its secret sounds, visitors can enter a whare and learn about how the Sun has influenced human culture for thousands of years.
“It’s so exciting being in an environment where there is always new and exciting stuff happening. Te Manawa tells our stories. It’s about sharing our treasures, our taonga”.
|Developed and Toured by Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History with support from Central Energy Trust. Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru opens at Te Manawa in Palmerston North on 18 April 2015. Admission Charges apply|