Reimagining the open-air museum.
The Flying Pebbles
Isle of Bute, Scotland 2018
The “Flying Pebbles” is an interactive intervention exploring the natural and social context of Ettrick Bay on the Isle of Bute. A series of markings of natural features and historic events are placed throughout the bay highlighting specifics of the place. Guests for the tearoom are invited to wear and fly large inflatable suits (or wind machines) to feel the force of the wind on their own body. The aim of the project is to create awareness of local significance and move the museum into the open landscape for an afternoon.
The Flying Pebbles is part of Galmstrup Ltd's research “Open Doors” (Mellem Gade og Galleri) which explores the museum as a catalyst for communities. Through a series of interventions is the objective to explore the spaces in-between the formal gallery and the museums more informal areas and connectivity to the urban realm.
Museums superpower, whether for historical collections, research archives or contemporary art, are their special ability to engage people across backgrounds and ages through storytelling about their collection. Co-creation, can further enhance learning and encourage social interaction. Our aim is through a the series of interventions to explore the use of informal space in and around museums towards better local ownership and sustainable museums of the future.
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