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Parramatta Park Dairy

Parramatta Park Trust government exhibition / interpretive
After a year long period of research, stakeholder and industry expert consultation, Trigger designed a suite of innovative interpretives to revitalise the visitor experience for Parramatta Park’s Dairy Precinct. Significantly the precinct contains one of Australia’s oldest European structures.
One of the project’s key objectives was to convey stories and histories that speak to the themes and world heritage status of the park in a way that stimulates and engages diverse contemporary audiences. The spirit of the historic structures and the landscape is evoked through meaningful integration of architectural heritage, archaeology, object display and sensory technology. One of the challenges was to ensure that the significance of the site was not impacted and all work was reversible. Creating a new experience with these constraints and conditions required a thoughtful and innovative design approach.
The project includes interior interpretation design encompassing: object displays, AV and digital and sympathetic, dramatic lighting strategy for the whole site. Display cases, object displays, touch screen interactives and soundscape interactives can be refreshed over time so that the experience evolves and continues to reflect changing visitor requirements. The interpretive approach addresses the landscape through a range of interpretive interventions: discoverable interpretive panels, which integrate sensitively with existing fabric, and soundscapes.
My team and I created an interpretive design sub brand which responded to the Park’s recent overarching rebrand. We liaised with the Trust’s brand / marketing teams to ensure understanding, cohesion and ownership. This sub brand was designed for site wide application incorporating a flexible design language that addresses both the ‘rural’ and ‘regal’ characteristics of the park.
World-class heritage practice is showcased by an innovative design approach that serves to enhance architectural features, avoid clichéd ‘rustic’ overtones, and minimise intrusion on heritage fabric.


Photographs by Melanie Touw, Gregory Anderson. Some photographs courtesy of Parramatta Park Trust


Toorale National Park Stage 3

National Parks and Wildlife Service government exhibition / interpretive
In April 2016, Trigger completed a 3 year implementation of sculptural interpretives in the landscape for NSW National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS), NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, for Toorale National Park. The final stage comprised a series of large scale interpretation panels and sculptures to interpret the Homestead precinct of the park.
This is the first interpretive point of arrival for visitors to the park and features the once lavish homestead building, now in decline. Visitors are not permitted entry to the homestead due to its dilapidated condition. The challenge was to create a compelling sense of arrival for the park and fulfilling interpretation of the structure whilst preventing access to protect the fragile building and the safety of visitors. We decided to transform the idea of the barrier itself into the interpretive experience. The ‘fence’ is dissolved and becomes a compelling learning and entertaining experience. We brought to life the grounds of the homestead as well as the building itself through innovative interpretation.
Large scale corten and vitreous enamel sculptural panels are positioned in an arc to preserve views to the Homestead. The panels content and positioning tell the stories of the ‘front of house’, which was inhabited by station owners and their families as well as the venue for formal receptions, and the ‘back of house’, which is where working gardens were located and the area most familiar to the station workers. The features of garden and the homestead door are interpreted through 2 corten and timber sculptures that are experienced by the visitor along a pathway that leads from the carpark.
A mini documentary featuring Bill Stalley, a former resident of the Homestead, was also filmed in the homestead, for use in digital interpretives.
Trigger managed the collection, selection and development of interpretive content, created a 2D graphics, selected, managed and produced the fabrication and installation of all components. Trigger’s comprehensive staged implementation plan for all project components, the high quality and responsiveness of the design, the artisanship of the fabrication for a range a carefully selected specialists and the attention to detail and sensitivity to the landscape at installation has created an extremely successful project creatively, operationally and from a budget perspective.
Stage 1 of the project won the Interpretation and Education Section of the 2015 National Trust Heritage Awards.

Darling River Drive

National Parks and Wildlife Service government exhibition / interpretive
Toorale National Park comprises of 91,000 hectares of land with frontages to the Darling and Warrego Rivers. The park is located southwest of the township of Bourke in northwestern NSW.
Trigger, in collaboration with GML Heritage engaged with stakeholders, such as the Aboriginal Joint Management Committee, to conceive an Interpretation Plan and provide a range of innovative interpretative design concepts to create an experience that inspires and engages visitors.
Our multi-disciplinary team employed an interconnected approach to this project, comprising physical, digital and program layers. The layers form complementary and unique experiences for visitors before, during and after the visit. Communicating the heritage values of the park through the interpretive design and content, as well as via marketing initiatives, was integral to the strategy.
Trigger is implementing interpretive concepts over a 3 year period. Stage 1 physical interpretives installed in the park include are located at Mt Talowla and beside the Darling River.
Interpretives on the Darling River focus on the river and its central importance for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people historically and today, offering different perspectives and uses of the river. The days of the paddlesteamers is evoked by an interpretive which features a laser cut corten steel paddlesteamer that appears to float on the rippling water of the Darling. This is a playful visual way to communicate what it must have been like to experience a busy transport corridor of puffing paddle steamers. The 4 Darling River interpretives sit comfortably in the landscape, seeking not to contrast with it but to compliment it and communicate deeper meanings and history.

Mt Talowla

National Parks and Wildlife Service government exhibition / interpretive
Toorale National Park comprises of 91,000 hectares of land with frontages to the Darling and Warrego Rivers. The park is located southwest of the township of Bourke in northwestern NSW.
Trigger, in collaboration with GML Heritage engaged with stakeholders, such as the Aboriginal Joint Management Committee, to conceive an Interpretation Plan and provide a range of innovative interpretative design concepts to create an experience that inspires and engages visitors.
Our multi-disciplinary team employed an interconnected approach to this project, comprising physical, digital and program layers. The layers form complementary and unique experiences for visitors before, during and after the visit. Communicating the heritage values of the park through the interpretive design and content, as well as via marketing initiatives, was integral to the strategy.
Trigger is implementing interpretive concepts over a 3 year period. Stage 1 physical interpretives installed in the park include are located at Mt Talowla and beside the Darling River.
A series of 11 bespoke cast bronze plaques at Mt Talowla interprets the site’s history as a vantage point for looking out across the landscape for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The 270º views allow a visual connection between Toorale National Park and adjoining Gundabooka National Park. Installing interpretation at ground level evokes the importance of the shared earth and the landscape – we must bend to it, not it to us.

A Capital Collection

National Capital Authority government exhibition / interpretive
'A Capital Collection – Our History in Fashion' examines the story of Canberra through fashion. Four key moments in Canberra's history are interpreted in this travelling exhibition. The exhibition design creates a ‘landscape’, both physically and contexturally, a mix of elegantly curved sculptural forms, key images and messages. The aim is to communicate historical stories within a contemporary framework.
Open display was an important design component, allowing greater engagement between visitors and objects. The floor carries graphic arcs that visually represent 'story arcs' and set the position of the illuminated curved screens. This visual language subtley echoes the distinctive town planning of Canberra. Although more correctly the shape Canberra’s town plan is based on is the ‘triangle’, many would relate and identify with the circular motif of the city. The exhibition contains a number of innovative design ideas. Most striking are the slender illuminated screens. Their creation involved a very complex set of design and construction issues, belying their visual simplicity. The screens are a design, lighting and engineering achievement not seen before in exhibition design.
The exhibition architecture also functions as its crating system. Therefore the exhibition requires no storage - an important innovation that allows the exhibition to travel to more destinations. The exhibition can be reconfigured to fit in a variety of different sized spaces. For one location it splits into two sections. A bespoke table design for a series of iPads, showing audio visual content, is also part of the exhibition.


Curators: Roslyn Hull, Pamela Owen Architect: Carola Salazar, Project Management: Rob Tindal, Melanie Dodd


Toorale National Park Interpretation Strategy

The Office of Environment and Heritage government exhibition / interpretive
Trigger in association with Godden Mackay Logan Heritage Consultants were commissioned by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to prepare an Interpretation Strategy and Implementation Plan for Toorale National Park. Toorale is a former pastoral station, once one of the largest in the world, located an hour outside of Bourke, NSW. Elements such as the parks indigenous, pastoral/irrigation history were explored in a consultative manner.n We created a suite of physical and digital interpretation concepts allowing the visitor to understand, imagine and experience the place’s special history and to fully appreciate the natural value of the landscape. These concepts will be realised as a part of long term plan. The park is due to open late 2013.

The Snakeman Show

Office of Environment and Heritage government exhibition / interpretive
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), National Parks and Wildlife Service commissioned Trigger to revitalise the Snakeman exhibition in the Laperouse Museum, Sydney. The resulting 'The Snakeman Show' traces the unique lives of the daring Snakeman (and Snakewomen) who have dazzled audiences at La Perouse and elsewhere in Australia for over a century. The exhibition is comprised of a series of specially designed wall mounted light-boxes, featuring astonishing photographs and displaying objects, telling the story of the performers and the impact they had on the consciousness of a country.

Thank you to John Cann, Marie Slaight, Adrian Brannan, Chee Lam, Ben Khan, Mary Lou Harriman, Phil Antonios, Signwave Newtown and Gosia Dudek for their contributions to this project.


Wilderquest Installation

NSW National Parks and Wildlife government exhibition / interpretive
Wilderquest is a digital and online initiative, at present featuring a website and ipad app, by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to engage children with their natural environments. Trigger's role was to translate Wilderquest's online experience to a tangible, sensory exhibition installation. Our design encompassed exhibition design, film for the large format LCD screen, push button interactive activity boxes, a live animal enclosure and the use of real plants to support the core NPWS values of sustainability, nature and authenticity. The design also has inbuilt modularity and flexibility to adapt to multiple sizes and configurations. The first display at the NSW Royal Easter Show has been extremely successful. It was one of the most popular installations and won a ribbon for 'best exhibition stand', Kid's World section.

Photography by Nick Cubbin, courtesy of OEH.


Yanga: People, Country, Lake

National Parks and Wildlife Service government exhibition / interpretive
Yanga was an iconic pastoral station, known across the Riverina district from the 1850s. The property was the largest freehold title in Australia before it was purchased by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in 2005. In May 2009 Yanga National Park opened to visitors.
As part of Yanga National Park, People, Lake, Country explores the pervasive interaction between nature and culture. The exhibition connects memory, history and place through what has been a focal point for the area – water. The exhibition is a feature of the Yanga Homestead Precinct and is installed in the Cook’s Cottage building. It houses and displays Yanga’s movable heritage.
The innovative exhibition design uses simple and honest forms that are thematically appropriate and sit lightly within the heritage building; they provide a sense of openness and space in three small rooms. Clever use of soft spotlighting, a colour palette drawn from the lake-bed and innovative use of audio visuals helps create individual atmospheres for each room. Trigger conceived the renovation of the cottage interior, and designed the exhibition and all graphics.

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