Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs Exhibit


"We are thrilled with these fixtures. My client loves to show them off, and the crew guys really enjoyed working with them during the installation. So far, they have been extremely reliable and the people that are doing the system maintenance for us have been very impressed as well" - Bradley Malkus of Lightswitch

The Project

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is a touring exhibit showcasing an amazing array of artifacts from King Tutankhamun and a host of other Pharaohs which has been seen so far by 5 million visitors worldwide. The exhibition focuses on the 18th Dynasty, a 100-year period when Egypt was at the height of its power and the "golden age" of Egyptian artistry revealing the history, family life, religion and many other aspects of the lives of these important rulers.

Featuring over 130 extraordinary objects including many from the reign of Tutankhamun, as well as treasures from the most significant pharaohs who ruled the Nile throughout 2,000 years of history this exhibition places Tutankhamun in the context of ancient Egyptian culture and focuses on the splendor of the Egyptian pharaohs, the significance of kingship to the ancient Egyptian people, and the intricate and symbolic ceremonies related to life and death in the palace.Lightswitch, a consortium with extensive experience in creating visual design for dynamic live events and compelling architectural environments, worked with a great team put together by Arts & Exhibitions International to mount this breathtaking exhibit.

"The Lightswitch team has a great deal of experience in the design of touring exhibits of this type. We know how to re-imagine an exhibit as it moves through multiple venues of varying types. We understand the challenges involved in creating a beautiful and dramatic guest experience while juggling the many concerns that must be considered along the way. We have learned how to combine theatricality, architectural design, and conservation concerns while still keeping a close eye on schedule and budget. We also feel that our depth of experience with these types of projects gives us a unique "big picture" view and helps us to work efficiently with the rest of the production team to achieve all of this," said Bradley Malkus of Lightswitch.

The Solution

In addition to creating the lighting design, Lightswitch was responsible for the specification and procurement of the entire lighting system which will be used over the entire 5 year run of the tour and includes over 200 Selecon Aureol BeamSpots / Shapers. Giving the audience a beautiful exhibit to look at and the ability to clearly see the objects and understand the text, graphics, and video information displays was one major goal of the design for this project. More importantly - as with any project that includes priceless artifacts - great care was also taken to insure that the lighting created a safe environment for the objects as well as the guests.

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