As part of the safety measures to counter the spread of COVID-19, museums have had to close off their interactive exhibits. Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum has come up with an ingenious way to reintroduce interactivity at its latest exhibition Planet or Plastic? – by allowing visitors to interact with the exhibits with their feet.
The Impact of Plastic
Planet or Plastic? is an exhibition by National Geographic which raises the awareness about plastic and its environmental impact on the world.
To complement the main exhibition, ArtScience Museum has developed a series of programmes which includes workshops, online events and community activities such as a beach clean-up.
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“Foot-on” Interactive Space at Planet or Plastic?
One of the sections of the Planet or Plastic? exhibition is an Interactive Space.
Designed for all ages, the educational Interactive Space encourages visitors to reflect on their consumption of plastic. It also highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased our consumption of single-use plastic, resulting in new environmental challenges.
In order to avoid the need to have contact with the stations at the Planet or Plastic? Interactive Space, ArtScience Museum has designed them to be activated using the feet rather than the hands.
“Our Interactive Space pioneers ArtScience Museum’s new ‘feet-first’ approach to tactile interaction within the gallery, offering visitors a new way of interacting with exhibits, without using their hands. Due to Covid-19, visitors have become more conscious of hands-on touching in public spaces, so we are experimenting with an alternative way of enabling engagement with our interactive displays,” said Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands.
If you wish to experience the feet-on Interactive Space for yourself, the new Planet or Plastic? exhibition opens to the public on 12 September 2020 at the ArtScience Museum.