Efficient lighting for the signage in a Museum for the End of the World?

November 18, 2012
By Sketch Editors

Designer Barr Gilmore called on Micah Donovan, with whom he had previously worked on several exhibitions at TIFF,  including Grace Kelly, Fellini, and Tim Burton, to assist with the LED lighting component of the signage.  The LEDs are bright, modular, waterproof, as well as highly efficient: all factors one might want in preparation for a one night finale.

About the work:


Mounted in various locations around Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall (from Council Chambers to the underground parking garage), Museum for the End of the World is an exercise in creativity and crisis.

One of the greater ironies of human existence is the persistent anticipation of its end. Whether the result of monster waves, unstoppable pandemics, nuclear calamities or the sun ceasing to shine, the idea of Doomsday – that revelatory moment of the end of the world – can be at once the fire of speculative lamentation and the spark of insightful creativity.

Indeed, the link between creativity and the apocalypse has a long history, from Noah’s shipbuilding and organizational skills to the literal bean counters buried deep beneath the mountains of Norway, stockpiling all the seeds of globe for the post-apocalyptic garden. In this way, the very idea of the Wunderkammen, with its princely mission of amassing, cataloguing and displaying was fueled by a fear of the end of the world. Museum for the End of the World at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012 is a provocative, critical rumination about end times and a world in transition.

Acclaimed Toronto-based designer and artist Barr Gilmore RCA MDes has created the environmental graphic design for Museum for the End of the World.”

— Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow

excerpt from Scotiabank Nuit Blanche website, 2012

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