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He Tohu: A Declaration, A Treaty, A Petition


 WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

 

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He Tohu: A Declaration, A Treaty, A Petition


 WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

 

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On 20 may 2017, he tohu, a new permanent exhibition at new zealand's national library building in wellington, opened to the public. 

Since early 2014 He Tohu has been a major focus for us at Story Inc. We were honoured to work on this project of immense national significance as lead designers and content developers, under the guidance of content experts from Archives New Zealand and the National Library, and two distinguished advisory boards. We also worked closely with a strong team of specialist consultants including Studio Pacific Architecture, interactive designers Click Suite, and renowned German showcase manufacturers Glasbau Hahn. 
He Tohu is centred on three iconic constitutional documents that shape our nation: 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni - Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand, 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi - Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition - Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine. 
To commemorate the launch of the exhibition, New Zealand Post issued a limited edition set of postage stamps which were designed by Story Inc and freelance graphic deisgner Spencer Levine.
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Wellington's 150th Birthday


Wellington's 150th Birthday


In 1865, on the recommendation of a commission of three Australians, the capital of New Zealand was moved from Auckland in the North to the more central location of Cook Strait. 

That move was the making of Wellington – turning what was then a struggling settlement into the vibrant and culturally rich city that we love today.

Story Inc were hired as the creative directors for the Capital 150 birthday party in July 2015. The celebration attracted a crowd of 15,000 and featured live music by New Zealand legend Dave Dobbyn; interactive projection by Massey University’s Open Lab; and a stunning 9-minute visual spectacle by Jon Baxter of Perceptual Engineering, with illustrations and model-making by Stephen Templar and audio by Cam Ballantyne.

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Old Saint Paul's


Wellington, New zealand

Old Saint Paul's


Wellington, New zealand

Here’s the church and here’s the steeple
The story of Old St Paul’s and its people

In July 2015, while Wellington was celebrating 150 years as the nation’s capital, around the corner from parliament we were involved with another celebration – 150 years since the foundation stone was laid for the city’s most beloved church, Old St Paul’s.

The concept we developed for the Friends of Old St Paul’s was a night time projection on the facade that brings to life the stained glass window in its centre. Out of it emerges a diverse cast of stained-glass style characters who have been part of the story of the church and the land it is built on – from manawhenua (local Māori) in the earliest days, through world wars and the Friends’ protests that saved the church from demolition or removal in the 1960s, to today when Old St Paul’s is a proud icon of the city.
We worked with animators Dusk VFX and composer Jeremy Cullen to create the show, which played several times an hour over 10 winter nights, attracting thousands of curious viewers.

Our association with Old Saint Paul’s goes back several years as we have worked with them on two other projects, A Friend in Need (2007) and Read This Building (2010).

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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park


CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park


CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

In the beginning there was no World, no Sun, no Moon, not even light – just darkness…
Only an egg, an egg from Bundarra, the Cassowary Bird. And from that egg – the whole world was born!

Telling ancient stories using modern technology and live performance – Story Inc’s project in North Queensland, opened in May 2015 by the Governor-General of Australia, is one of the most exciting we’ve undertaken…


Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is one of Australia’s longest established indigenous tourism businesses, giving visitors to North Queensland an insight into the culture of the local Djabugay people since the 1980s. Between 2013 and 2015 the park underwent a complete upgrade.
Story Inc and our detailed design partner Studio Cassells were engaged to provide a new central performance attraction as well as the interpretive design of many elements of the revitalized buildings and grounds.
We re-wrote the original performance script to work in a 21st century mapped-projection animated environment, transporting the audience into the extraordinary mythical world of the Djabugay people.

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For Us They Fell


Waikato Museum | Hamilton, New Zealand

For Us They Fell


Waikato Museum | Hamilton, New Zealand

AS PART OF THE centenary of New Zealand’s involvement in WW1, in 2015 Story Inc developed "For Us They Fell" –an exhibition for Waikato Museum telling the unique story of the people of the region during the War. 

The Waikato, a farming district, was mostly pro-Empire: but it is also home to the Tainui people whose leaders refused to take part in the war, and socialist miners from Huntly and Waihi – many of whom eventually ended up serving in the famous New Zealand Tunnelling Company.

The exhibition tells all of these stories through a range of featured historical characters. Our concept also involved the development of an interactive website, www.forustheyfell.org.nz , which allowed people to research and input information about family members or people from Waikato communities who served. That crowd-sourced research “populated” the exhibition’s haunting memorial space.

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The Mummy Under the Stairs


TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY | AUSTRALIA

 

The Mummy Under the Stairs


TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY | AUSTRALIA

 

In late 2012 and early 2013 Story Inc created a spectacular new installation for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in Hobart.

Generations of Tasmanian children (including, we’re told, the future founder of Hobart’s MONA, David Walsh), grew up fascinated and terrified by the Egyptian mummy under the stairs at the old Tasmanian Museum. Our installation is a structure containing an eclectic mixture of haunting, strange and amusing objects from the collection, topped off by the famous stairs themselves (complete with ghostly creaks). It is a homage to the power of museums and their collections over our imaginations.
TMAG has one of Australia’s greatest museum and art collections, housed in what is arguably the nation’s most significant precinct of heritage buildings. Our installation was part of a major redevelopment of TMAG which has won a number of major prizes – including overall winner and best permanent exhibition at the Museums and Galleries National Awards, and Hobart City Council’s Heritage Award. Lighting designer Adam Meredith, of Megs Lighting in Melbourne, was also awarded an Illuminated Engineering Society (IES) Commendation award for his work on the project.


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