Firehouse has been working with the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) since 2008. We print indoor & outdoor marketing and wayfinding signage, plus, for most new exhibits, Firehouse produces adhesive vinyl murals as part of the exhibit experience. A highlight was the 2013 Ai Weiwei exhibit which saw Firehouse outfitting both gallery entry portals with immersive wall and floor coverings. We also produced main gallery wall panels which interlocked to span over 60 feet.
IMA Senior Designer, Matt Kelm details the working relationship with Firehouse. “There are a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a vendor for large graphics, but Firehouse has proven they are a great partner, capable of producing a wide variety of materials at the level expected of a world-class museum. By working closely with our designers and installers, Firehouse has produced materials that look great and are easy to install.”
The latest IMA exhibition is titled Color me Orchid. The exhibition explores the beauty of orchids and highlights their history. Orchids are displayed in a Pop-Up shop in the main museum building and offered for sale at the museum Greenhouse. The IMA design team wanted graphics applied to the front windows and glass doors of the Pop-Up shop to create a stained-glass ambiance.
Matt continues, “Every detail is important when creating graphics at a museum, where visitors can often stand very close to a banner that is displayed next to important works of art. By meeting with the team at Firehouse to discuss a complex job beforehand, we can be sure we’re creating, setting up, and delivering files that assure us of a successful outcome.”
We recommended our optically-clear adhesive vinyl with subtle layers of white ink to maintain a translucent appearance while providing pop to the colors. In addition, we printed adhesive vinyl wall murals for walls and pillars in the shop. Firehouse also printed identifying signage on PVC throughout the Greenhouse as well as exhibit outdoor banners on 13oz. vinyl.
Matt concludes. “Because the team at Firehouse lives and breathes the world of signage and graphics, they bring new technologies and ideas into the conversation that we had never considered. By maintaining a dialog with the experts at Firehouse, we can set our imaginations loose at the beginning of a project knowing that they will work with us closely to figure out the best way to bring those ideas to life.”
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