MAYA.2012 drew over 40,000 visitors. Archaeologists from the Penn Museum excavated several of the artifacts on exhibit. Partnering museums included the Instituto Hondureño de Antropología e Historia of Honduras, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Dumbarton Oaks, and Princeton University Library.
The exhibit is now traveling as a part of a larger exhibit with the Science Museum of Minnesota.
As exhibit designer I developed detailed floor plans that call out every exhibit component including all objects, cases, props, multimedia, and graphic panels.
Maya.2012 was divided into 9 thematic sections.
The 6,000 square foot space consisted of three museum galleries.
Drawing packages included partitions plans for general contractors, as well as paint packages.
Sample page from paint package.
Drawing packages also include large scenic elements created by outside vendors, such as this Mayan temple replica.
As-built Mayan Temple replica in the "Time and the Mayan Calendar" thematic section.
Some objects required special bases, such as Caracol Altar 7, which required a moveable base to support the object's more than 2,000lb weight.
As built base for Caracol Alter 7.
Every element of each thematic section was carefully plotted before being taped out and prepared for installation.
As exhibit designer I also developed over 50 detailed case layouts. This view depicts cases located in the "Time and Ancient Maya" Section.
Case layouts including design and placement of all objects, object mounts, build-ups, interpretive graphics, and interior lighting elements. Case layouts outs were used during the approval process and as part of the exhibit installation guide.
As-built cases for the "Time and the Ancient Maya" section.
Elevation drawings were made for every wall of the exhibit which indicated placement for every exhibit element. "Time and Ancient Maya" elevations are shown here.
Sample elevations from the "Time of the Mayan Kings" thematic section.
The beginning of the exhibit "OMG, It's the Apocalypse", confronted the pop culture ideas of 2012. Throughout the exhibit, visitors would decide what they thought about the topic, and left their opinion in a voting kiosk at the end of the exhibit.
Just past the "OMG Apocalypse" section a dramatic sight line reveals a life size replica of a Mayan Stela in the "Time and Ancient Maya section.
Full perspective of the "Time and Ancient Maya" Section.
As built rendition of "Time and Ancient Maya" Section.
This image shows the "Time of the Maya Kings" Section.
The founder, K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo', who reigned from 426-437CE, sits proudly in front of a replica of the Margarita panel which guarded his tomb.
Perspective rendering of the "Time without Kings" Section.
As built photo of The "Time Without Kings" section. Huge versions of the Spanish and Dresden codices allow visitors to see in great detail the famous documents that helped translate the Mayan Language.
In the "End of Bak'tun" section visitors learn about the fall of the Mayan empires.
As built of the "End of Bak'tun" section.
In the "Maya and the Contemporary World" section, the Penn Museum illustrates that the Mayan community is alive and deeply integrated into modern society.
The "Maya and the Contemporary World" section invited visitors to ask modern Mayans what they do, what they thought about the end of the world, and other questions through several interactive kiosks.
In the "Beyond 2012" section, visitors were greeted with thousands of worry dolls. This dramatic visual drew visitors to cast their vote about the probability of the world before exiting.
Although empty in the beginning, visitors nearly filled out the entire 13' tall kiosk by the end of the exhibit. This way, visitors could see what everyone else thought.