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.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

SPAM Shout Out



If you ever find yourself near Austin, Minnesota (aka The City of Spam) we hope you can check out the SPAM Museum, that we worked on back in 2016.




Did you know that 8 million cans of SPAM are eaten in Hawaii each year ?


Check out this recent article by CBS Minnestota for more about the museum and more fun SPAM facts!



Thursday, January 28, 2021

Happy Opening!

Happy Opening to the Nickelodeon Playtime in China!


We are proud to have worked on this project with Jack Rouse Associates. Check out this article by blooloop for more photos and details on this indoor family entertainment center with areas themed around Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol and more!





Thursday, January 21, 2021

Congratulations, Jason!

Jason Rainone has earned the Certified Lighting Designer (CLD), the first international, evidence-based certification in architectural lighting design. Jason is among the first lighting designers in the world to earn the new international certification, which demonstrates that he has a proven track record of excellence and has successfully validated his skill in a rigorous assessment process that defines  high standards of professional practice.

The certification process, governed by the Certified Lighting Design Commission, is designed to assess the ability to operate as a lead architectural lighting designer in a professional and proficient manner by considering a person’s imaginative, technical, and professional responsibility skills.

“We congratulate Jason on earning the CLD. This global benchmark of performance demonstrates his proficiency in developing, guiding, and completing lighting design projects,” said David Becker, Chair of the Certified Lighting Design Commission.