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The Museum’s impact extends across cultural, financial, and educational boundaries and brings joy to children from all regions, providing the building blocks for success in school and life. A Naperville landmark and Chicagoland institution, no one was anticipating the great flood of 2015.
At the beginning of the year, a pipe burst at DuPage Children’s Museum (no, that was not an interactive exhibition). Damage was extensive & affected three museum floors. Staff called that the lemons – you know what you do when life hands you lemons, right? If you guessed lemon meringue pie, you’re off a little.
Architecture is Fun, a Chicago-based architecture and design firm was selected to reimagine the interior architecture and damaged galleries. Brainstorms led to big ideas and front lawns (yes, you need to cut yours). Front lawns? The team discussed the value of public space, how front lawns represent community and most importantly, bring people together.
Window graphics would wow moms, dads and kids coming back for the first time in eight months (and complement an interior mural of the same artwork). Peter and Sharon Exley of Architecture is Fun had worked with Cushing previously and recommended the solutions team.
It was vital the window graphics match the color of the existing building. The wave concept needed to appear seamless over a total of thirteen (13) windows. Selected materials included reverse printed clear perfC/W/C and reverse printed removable wincos C/W/c. Matt Cushing visited the museum to share material samples, take site measurements and provide input on what would work best.
There was a tight deadline and small challenge with sizing. Print power to the rescue! Files were printed again and the Cushing crew was out the next day.
“We’re very excited about the installation! And can’t wait to witness all the learning experiences that take place in this reimagined space!”
Guests are very engaged with the space and excited about the installation. The Big Lawn is resonating with families – young visitors explore, race and relax on the rolling hills. From Architecture is Fun:
The Big Lawn is an iconic gesture of welcome that encourages a wider sense of attachment and discovery, play and learning.