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MUSEUMS
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The Biomuseo’s 4,000 sq m (43,000 sq
ft) contains eight permanent exhibition
galleries designed by Bruce Mau
Design, of which four are now open. In
the early design stages of the project,
Electrosonic’s Design Consulting
team worked with Maltbie, the exhibit
fabricator for the exhibition, on the
development of each gallery in respect
of its AV requirements. In due course,
Electrosonic was commissioned to
complete the AV systems integration,
fabrication, and installation. Care taken
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minimal and despite the comparatively,
in business terms, remote location,
the installation went very smoothly.
Installation services were provided by
local company Audio Foto PRO.
Visitors enter the Biomuseo at the
Gallery of Biodiversity where an
explosion of life immediately captures
their attention. On the walls, a seven-
panel Samsung LCD monitor system
is stacked horizontally and vertically in
custom frames. A looping montage of
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sound, is synchronized by a Dataton
WATCHOUT system so the monitors
can display breathtaking individual
content or portions of a sweeping single
image. A Sunrise LED ticker reminds
visitors how many people currently live
on the planet.
The gallery leads to the appropriately
titled “Panamarama Theater,” a three-
story, cube-shaped projection space
where ten screens, on all sides and
above and below a glass ceiling and
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wonders of the country’s ecosystems.
They watch as stunning nature
cinematography shows leaf cutter ants
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trail, a down-river sailing expedition, a
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underwater domain of whales.
None of the screens are parallel
or perpendicular. They are hung at
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directions. Panasonic projectors and
custom-built mirror bounce mechanisms
from Elliott Metal Fabrication are
used to display the images. The
video presentation is driven from a
10-channel 7thSense video server and
QSC audio system. A Medialon touch
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operation.
The theater exits into “Building the
Bridge,” which explains how tectonic
forces formed the isthmus. The gallery
is dominated by three 14-foot rock
formations embodying interactive
exhibits on geological topics.
On the technology front, Electrosonic
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Cisco network switching, and ATEN
KVM units. Audio equipment includes
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custom 24-channel Richmond Sound
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and playback across the entire museum.
Photographs opposite (clockwise):
• Panamarama Theater.
• The last gallery, “Worlds Collide,” examines the exchange
of species between North and South America when a
stampede of animals began almost 3 million years ago.
Life-size white models of the creatures - from otters to
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into the architectural structure.
• Multiple LCDs in the Gallery of Biodiversity.
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The amazing Biomuseo, situated on the
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to the Panama Canal, opened in the fall
of 2014. Designed by world-renowned
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only work in Latin America. The building
was designed to tell the story of how the
Isthmus of Panama rose from the sea,
uniting two continents, cutting a vast
ocean in two, and changed the planet’s
biodiversity forever.
BIOMUSEO
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Photograph by Esdras Jaimes, Panama
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