We’re thrilled to be recognized again with an IFAI International Achievement Award, this time for our Earthquake Globe project for the California Academy of Sciences. The project won the Outstanding Achievement Award for Interior Display.
The Earthquake Globe was designed to give visitors an immersive and comprehensive understanding of how earthquakes affect everyday life in California. To creatively illustrate seismic concepts, Moss was presented with a client sketch by Scott Moran at CAS and tasked to manufacture an experiential Earth model for visitors to walk through. At 25 feet in diameter, the tensioned fabric structure showcases the layers of Earth using printed fabric and pillowcase construction over an aluminum frame with a liner skin. The model, needing to draw people in, created visual interest with eye-catching color and illumination. The total structure height is 22-1/2 feet.
The earth-surface skin was made with 20 panels, fabricated with vivid dye-sublimation print graphics that detail Earth's topography. Visitors access the exhibit by walking through a crack in Earth's crust, where the experience surrounds and stimulates with planetary science, taking visitors on a journey through the crust all the way to Earth's core. The suspended half-dome design provides an interior 10-foot exhibit height from floor to ceiling. Here, visitors explore beneath an illuminated ceiling composed of several earth layers in a scene of vibrantly swirled color. Once visitors are inside the two-story sphere, they explore additional exhibit components housed within the structure.
In conjunction with other sensory components like an earthquake simulator, the walk-through Earth provides families easy-to-grasp, entertaining science explaining the cause and effects of earthquakes, from millions of years ago to life in California today.