It starts with a bench with recessed sets of headphones with narration available in multiple languages. You sit and watch the four projectors play an animation of light on top of the tapestry. Having the areas highlighted and moving is really fantastic and can significantly enhance the discussion on the headphones. I loved it! More museums should consider this type of effect for large objects with complicated storyline or symbols. Of course I had many questions - like light levels and protection of the dyes. But I am sure they had done the trade-offs and it would be interesting to understand. I haven't ever seen so many people engaged in a tapestry - so it was working!
|Projectors beaming onto the tapestry|
|Animation playing on the tapestry. The lights not only highlight the areas discussed, but move as well so it looks like water is coming out of the fountain, etc.|