During the space race between the U.S. and Russia in the late 50’s and 60’s, men from Gallaudet University helped the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration study balance, motion sickness and weightlessness. We teamed up with Gallaudet to bring this amazing story to life.
In the planing stages, the original thought was to replace graphics in a track system with new graphics but we had a better idea. Instead of replacing them with new why not repurpose the old. By using repositionable fabric, we were able to reuse the original metal panels for the mural in the background while replacing only the smaller foreground panels. Our aqueous printer combined with inkjet print media enabled photographic quality images.
Repositionable fabric is a satin cloth printing media backed with adhesive that allows the print to be repositioned during application and once applied to the desired surface. This also means it doesn’t require lamination and can easily be installed on site. It adheres to a wide range of flat surfaces and won’t rip, wrinkle or stretch during production. The adhesive removes easily leaving no residue.
This was a team effort. We showed Gallaudet staff how to install the repositionable fabric background mural themselves, a win-win for all involved cutting down on their cost for installation and allowing them to design and reuse the metal panels for future exhibits. In addition to the wall mural and front panels, we supplied easy to install floor graphics and lettering as well as lightweight routed and printed foreground panels.
The exhibit, Deaf Difference and Space Survival, opened April 11th and runs until April 2018 at the King Jordan Student Academic Center at Gallaudet University.