Small Design Firm created two interactive installations for the new visitor center at Monticello. The Boisterous Sea is a multi screen installation about Thomas Jefferson's ideas on Liberty in the context of American history. The top screens display a half hour program of images and text, with a soundtrack by David Prior. As the big picture plays out on top, bits of typography rain down onto the bottom screens, where visitors can touch them to explore stories related to the content above.
The Words Lobby is a reactive projection installation that celebrates the writings of Thomas Jefferson. The piece includes 183 quotations on subjects covering rights, reason, liberty, America, Monticello, conduct, science, religion, the arts, education, progress, slavery, government, and Jefferson himself. Visitors stand on metal words embedded in the brick floor to trigger the release of Jefferson’s writings. The projected type moves mechanically—inspired by Jefferson’s Cipher Wheel—out onto the floor, along the lines of the bricks, and up onto the wall, where the quotes can be read.
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