A step into our prehistoric past
Event has designed a must-visit tourism experience at this Irish UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project expresses current archaeological understanding of the Neolithic period through immersive state-of-the-art displays and contemporary presentation techniques.
Older than Stonehenge and Egypt’s Great Pyramids, the passage tombs of Brú na Bóinne in Ireland are situated at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, and at the time of their construction were the largest manmade objects in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the archaeological ensemble on the bend of the River Boyne forms the blue-ribbon prehistoric environment of Ireland. Today Knowth holds Europe’s largest body of megalithic art.
The exhibitions take inspiration from the formation and materiality of the prehistoric monuments as well as their setting – conveying their sophistication and that of the society that conceived them. The motif of light is used to create through-lines in the galleries, recalling the beam of light that penetrates the chamber at Newgrange during the Winter Solstice.
Light-edged, layered graphic elements combine with immersive projections to reinforce a sense of scale and place. Colour, tonality and a rich range of photography and lighting effects convey impressions of Brú na Bóinne as its creators would have known it – from dawn to dusk, from season to season, and in all kinds of weather.
Together with archaeological experts, we created an intellectual framework that presents informed speculation alongside proven fact. An immersive sound and light experience, recorded inside the Newgrange monument and developed in collaboration with sound artists Ben Eliott and John Hughes, creates a composition using the human body as an instrument.
Audio is experienced alongside light patterns derived from the art at Knowth, reflecting patterns commonly experienced across cultures by those in a state of altered consciousness. The experience highlights that we may never know what kind of ceremonies were held inside the monuments, while empowering visitors to experience what might have taken place.
County Meath, Ireland
2017 - 2019