The new Information Age gallery at the Science Museum in London opened to the public in October 2014. The museum commissioned Topografik to make tactile, replica models of key objects from each of the six zones in the gallery and a centrepiece scale model of the Rugby Tuning Coil. The Coil can be seen on the right hand side of the page, during a visit by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Design and production was driven by a core principle to balance the requirement for accurate replication for sight and touch with the robustness needed to withstand handling by millions of visitors.
The gallery's different zones, and the pieces designed to accompany them, are listed below, and pictured on the right. To see more of the individual pieces, click here.
The Cable - Morse Key and Sounder
The Telephone Exchange – Gallows Phone
Broadcast – Crystal radio
The Constellation - Satellite
The Cell - Base Station
The Web - Honeywell
Image of HRH Queen Elizabeth II used with the kind permission of the Science Museum.
This commission from Historic Royal Palaces to produce five tactile interpretations of the Crown Jewels was part of the refurbishment of the Jewel House at the Tower of London. Beginning in the summer of 2011, the finished pieces were installed in the Spring of 2012 in time for the Queen’s Jubilee.
The key objective of this project was to communicate the forms and sizes of the star objects in the collection, not only to visually impaired visitors but the widest possible audience. The tactile are positioned alongside the Crown Jewels’ showcases in the Treasury at the Tower of London.
The ‘half round’ high relief tactiles were modelled in clay and cast in bronze.
A replica of Winston Churchill's childhood rattle, cast in resin with silver details.
This sculpture is a carved block of Frosterley Limestone inset with cast bronze interpretations of the fossils found within it. The fossil installation is displayed on an oak plinth among the Frosterley floor tiles and oak doors and display cabinets in the Marble Hall of the Laing Art Gallery.
Prominent ‘Please Touch’ and information labels in text and Braille are attached to the plinth.
The sculpture is finished on one side to reflect the smoothness of the floor tiles and the central section shows and explains the unusual shapes seen in the tiles with carved and truncated fossils. The third section is a
representation of a carboniferous sea floor with ‘living’ dibunophyllum bipartitum cast in bronze. The Department of Coelenterates at the Natural History Museum in London offered invaluable advice in establishing the most accurate representation of ‘dibunophyllum’.