Victor Hugo Les Misérables from page to stage
State Library of Victoria
Exhibition 18 July - 9 November 2014
It was a privilege to accept this opportunity with the State Library of Victoria. The project required construction of several showcases, plinths, a bookcase, and Cosette’s mirror (one of the main characters of the stage production). While the showcases appear to be a simple design, it was necessary to comply with museum conservation codes, such as:
- No cross contamination
- No exposed timbers, on internal MDF or pine
- Approved plywood only for internal walls
- Low VOC/low odour paints only
Other important factors included:
- Avoiding direct heat emissions from lights. We fitted each case with an acrylic roof to utilised exterior lights to illuminate the displays.
- Quick access to the artefacts in the event of an emergency. We constructed magnetic trim panels for the front face of each cabinet to allow for easy access.
- Dust-free on-site construction. Thorough planning was necessary to ensure that on-site construction was dust-free. We completed drilling and the like off-site in our production studio.
- Common key locks
Thank you to Kathryn Kiely and the State Library of Victoria. We acknowledge Anna Cordingley (design) and Andrew Lloyd (photography).
You can read what the State Library had to say about our work testimonial.