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Museum Without Rules Lets Visitors Walk Into The Exhibits [Pics]

Museum Without Rules Lets Visitors Walk Into The Exhibits [Pics]
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Alois Kronschlaeger's project Habitat turned the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Mammal Hall into an interactive installation.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 4 october 2013

Museums are usually a “no touch” zone, but Habitat, the project by New York-based artist Alois Kronschlaeger, is an installation that imagined a museum as an interactive and playful space.

Kronschlaeger created his site-specific installation at the former Mammal Hall of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The artist used contemporary architectural forms and integrated them with the existing 27 habitat dioramas that were built in the mid-20th century. The artist described it as exploring ‘what happens in an environment when overlaying a geometric abstraction onto representational yet “virtual” spaces.’

Unlike in most museums, visitors can step inside some of the dioramas and have a more intimate experience with the space.

The installation took three weeks to create with the help of the artist’s two assistants. All vintage artifacts were preserved during the process.

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View more images of the project in the gallery below.

Alois Kronschlaeger

Images by Marc Lins via Alois Kronschlaeger

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