The Paint Phila interactive was commissioned by the National Museum of Australia for their touring Ancient Greeks exhibition from the British Museum which was on the road in both Australia and New Zealand.

The interactive display imagined​ what it would be like to see ancient Greek art in colour. Visitors could touch elements of the artwork which activated the marble to change colour and provide information about the object. If you held down on an area, the colours changed from pale to vivid hues, completely customisable.

Our role

  • Museum consultants
  • Narrative creation
  • Interactive design
  • Experience design
  • Interactive design
  • Fabrication and installation
  • Ongoing support and maintenance

An experience design worth sharing

One of the more technical challenges of bringing the interactive to life was that the National Museum of Australia wanted visitors to see and share their creations online. However, the interactive could not have direct internet access — particularly while travelling. Our team came up with a quick fix, encoding the colour metadata from the interactive into a URL within a QR code.

The QR code would display at the end of the visitor’s session, allowing it to be scanned with a device and opened in a browser to be saved and shared with friends and whānau.

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