Thea Awards Recipients

Thea Awards 2021

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Museum Exhibit Design, Limited Budget

“Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” , National Geographic Museum, Washington DC, USA

The “Becoming Jane” exhibit is an emotionally moving insight into the extraordinary life and accomplishments of the world-famous researcher and conservation advocate Dr Jane Goodall. The exhibit traces the entirety of the life and career of Dr. Jane, through a series of built and projected environments along with interactive installation. These involve mapped projection, touchscreen interactives, photo-real set work, point source audio and other techniques.. however, the strength of the design is not in groundbreaking technical achievements. Rather it is the sense of immediacy and emotional engagement that the experience engenders.

Excellence is not always a question of material richness and technical virtuosity. This is a deeply affecting installation because of its sincerity and immediacy. The presentation of childhood objects and stories helps to humanize a woman who has become a virtual demigoddess of conservation. The real (virtual) presence of Jane speaking her life experience in her own words Is inspirational. The informational aspects of the exhibit sit nicely between these emotional punctuations, and the theme...”Becoming Jane” is even more deeply meaningful than it first suggests. It is not only a story about how Jane became Jane...the summation of the experience calls upon each guest to be involved, to care and in that sense each person is “becoming Jane.” It is altogether a very rewarding and inspirational experience delivered with taste and restraint.

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