Thursday, June 17, 2021

Project in Progress: National Air and Space Museum


Here are some behind-the-scenes updates from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

We have been working on this project since 2016 and the installation phase of the project has finally begun! Click this link to check out more photos of the project so far! These galleries will be opening to the public in 2022.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Crook Point Bascule Bridge

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We are excited to announce that we're a part of the winning team chosen for the redevelopment of the Crook Point Bridge!

Photoshop Concept Rendering

To learn more about the project, check out these local news stories:

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Mock-up Day!

It’s mock-up day at the Mystic Seaport Museum... we are testing small format LED lighting systems for inclusion in a new display structure for a gallery show opening this fall... stay tuned for more in the coming months!

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Amazing Survivor Orchid!

Our office orchid is blooming again! 

This amazing plant has continued to surprise us and survive lots of adverse conditions/office moves, etc... Have we mentioned our Office Manager has a black thumb?!

Our orchid gives us hope that we'll all soon be blooming again and enjoying life as these crazy times move into the past. If the orchid can survive and bloom - so can we! Remember though to take care of yourselves, we've all lived through some trying times... and deserve care and patience as we try to bloom again.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center: Focus Trip # 1

Abernathy Lighting Design recently spent an enjoyable day in historic downtown New Bedford, MA doing a preliminary aim & focus for the new exhibits at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. 

With exhibits designed by Proun Design and no small measure of help from the local fishing community, the new installation is looking great! 

There are still some things left to do as we wait on some last minute bits and pieces but we are looking forward to finishing things up next month. So if you happen to be in New Bedford, stop in and learn something new about the fishing industry in New England!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Women in Country - Interview with Kathy and Chris

In case you missed it, you can still watch the Women in Country interview with Kathy and Chris from earlier this week.

Here's the link!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mystic Seaport Museum: Figureheads & Shipcarving

Since the dawn of civilization, cultures have adorned the bows of their boats and ships. In the 19th century, those decorations took on the more formal, carved forms we know today as “Figureheads”. These carvings could range from lions and unicorns to damsels and saints. They gave each vessel its personality and reflected the values and culture of the time. During the age of steam-power, a lack of rigging and sails on steam-powered vessels meant that the bow of the ship held less prominence than it once did. Sadly, figureheads then fell out of favor, but the figureheads themselves still live on. 

Abernathy Lighting Design is proud to have played a part in bringing these prominent figures back to life in the Mystic Seaport Museum’s latest gallery opening. For over 40 years, the museum’s figurehead exhibit in the Wendell Gallery has served as a showplace for these unique artifacts. From fully renovated gallery interiors and reconceived exhibits to a new lighting system, the gallery has recently received a well-deserved facelift. Working with the museum’s in-house exhibit design team, Abernathy Lighting Design designed and executed the new exhibit lighting layouts to enhance the overall gallery aesthetic. Adding small theatrical touches, such as textural water and carefully controlled uplighting allows each of these historic pieces to shine in its own unique way. 

 At Abernathy Lighting Design, we look forward to more opportunities to collaborate with the talented team at the Mystic Seaport Museum. Should you find yourself in southeastern Connecticut, stop by to see the new exhibit and let us know what you think. 

Photo credit: Joe Michael, (c) 2020 Mystic Seaport Museum.