The Bug Gallery at the new Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton houses the museum’s live invertebrates displays. SKOLNICK was responsible for interpretive planning, exhibition design and environmental graphic design for the project. More than 200 species are featured in this 2,500 sf gallery. Conceived as “an art gallery for bugs”, the exhibit seeks to place the visual focus on the invertebrates themselves in a gallery environment that is simple, warm and inviting.
The sinuous sculptural form of “The Hive”, a central orientation exhibit, is a focal point for the space. Collection tanks and aquaria, graphic displays and interactive media elements are organized around this central hub according to their natural geographic contexts. Collections groupings represent “Tropical Forests”, “Arid Environments”, “Native Alberta”, and “Reefs”. A live invertebrates lab, adjacent to the gallery, allows visitors to view staff scientists at work.
Fabrication Design by kubik.
Main photo by Christophe Benard Photography.