Wrecked: Making Archaeology Fun
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Architecture Is Fun is making archaeology fun. The WRECKED salon is immersive and object-based. BY sensitively inserting a contemporary salon into a historic two-story keeper’s home, shipwreck stories are shared through the lens of archaeology.
In juxtaposition to the Victorian parlor, a modern portal welcomes visitors. The entry is defined by its crisply drafted and authentic archaeological grid. These one-meter marks denote geographical and historical points of interest, which serve as interpretive elements flowing throughout the salon. A timeline brings a cast of characters to the surface: yesterday’s sailors, Loyalist refugees, today’s archaeologists, and tomorrow’s explorer, Star Waters, a comic book character, and youthful purveyor of revolutionary shipwrecks.
To highlight views, holographic wallpaper and polycarbonate chandeliers use Fresnel optics that make the lighthouse watchtower a focus of exploration. The fireplace wall grid is a graphic viewport. It imparts shipwreck discoveries via digital and analog experiences. Furnishings reference maritime building techniques and materiality. The lighthouse daymark appears as a signature striped tabletop. Ancillary learning stations feature hands-on navigation tools and digital gaming to dive and recover artifact.
The WRECKED Salon further extends visitor engagement beyond that of the lighthouse itself.
Design Excellence Award, First Place, Education, ASID Illinois, 2018.
Recognition of the WRECKED! Exhibit as an extraordinary interior and STEM learning environment making archaeology a public exploration.
Owner: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Architecture, Interior Architecture & Exhibit Design: Architecture Is Fun, Inc.
Art Curator & Commissioning Agent: Fun Finders
Fabrication: Morley Exhibits & Displays
Location: St. Augustine/Florida
Photography: © Matt Wargo Photography and Sharon Exley.