Hot as Hell
Hay Museums museum exhibition / interpretive
‘Hot as Hell’ was an exhibition about the effects of heat and how rural Australian coped with it, staged across the country town of Hay’s five museums. To evocatively communicate the exhibition theme all interpretative structures were designed to resemble melted forms – there are no straight lines – and swimsuit fabric was the material used for the interpretive text and image panels. The exhibition had an interactive component, inviting visitors to tell their stories about the heat, and to read other visitors’ stories. These stories were arranged in ‘scrolls’ which were held in place by a gauze panel built into the interpretive structures. The exhibition also included supportive print material which won the best poster award at the Museums Australia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards in 2005.