Gibson Group could have winner in wall
Wellington's Gibson Group is up for a global award for its 12-metre multimedia touchscreen display designed to tell Copenhageners – and let them add to – the story of their city.
The multimillion-dollar, nine-month project – called "Wall" and commissioned by the Museum of Copenhagen – is New Zealand's finalist in the e-Culture and Heritage section of the World Summit Awards, to be judged in Hong Kong this month.
Gibson Group exhibitions producer Brett Tompkins said the museum was carrying out extensive archaeological excavations to make way for a new metro line in Copenhagen and wanted to engage the community in the project and the city's history.
The interactive display is in a custom-built container and fronted with special glass that does not reflect light and can withstand the city's weather.
People swipe their fingers horizontally and vertically across the screens to take a virtual tour of a layered cityscape, and press on buildings or icons to view more pictures and information.
They can type and add their own text and film and add their own video to objects on the screen, and create postcards with their images superimposed to email to friends and family.
Wall has about 10,000 images, including of items discovered in the museum's archaeological dig, and had captured the imagination of the city, Mr Tompkins said.
"The museum gets about 200 visitors a day and this wall gets 2000 a day. People are engaging with the history of their city in a far more accessible way."
Wall opened in April 2010 and will run for another three years. It will be moved each year to a different part of the city.
Other New Zealand finalists in the World Summit Awards include children's online social network MiniMonos and Areoscan – an online service that creates 3-D models of objects and environments using digital photos.