This is me being a curator…

Recently, as I was visiting the World Museum in Liverpool, I noticed this strange (but super interesting) case in the Oceanic section of the Human World gallery. Just take a look at the pictures.

You approach from one side, the case is blurry and you only see the vague silhouette of a few artefacts. The words “remembered images… suddenly… revealed” jump at you. As you get closer and position yourself directly in front of the case, the artefacts within suddenly appear before your eyes. Then, as you walk away, they disappear again…

I was so excited by this that I actually forgot to take a photo of the labels and the didactic panels (something I normally do to remember the things I have seen—normally artwork).

Curator…Museum educator…Archaeologist…Perhaps I was just a museum visitor who saw something exciting and different. And decided to write home about it.


  1. Linda Pilgrim
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Was it lenticular glass?

  2. Caroline
    Posted January 20, 2009 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    When I saw this, I did get close to the vitrine to figure out how this effect was achieved. The pane was smooth on the exterior, but there was something on (or in?) the glass (Plex?)… I asked Eric, our Curator of Design, about it (he’d seen this before) and we are looking into it to have more details. It is a very cool gallery case…

  3. Chad
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Believe it or not, this question is currently circling the globe for an answer. Caroline and our exhibition design team are on a mission to find out exactly what sort of glass they used. Stay tuned.

  4. Caroline
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Eureka ! We have an answer.
    As both Eric and I thought, it is not lenticular glass. It’s actually a directional film placed on the vitrine. Curators and designers at Liverpool were kind enough to reply to my e-mail. Apparently, this is called “Lumisty View Control Film.”

  5. Eric
    Posted February 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I had a feeling it was a film of some type and then “Googled” Lumisty and came up with a number of window tinting companies that use it for both commercial and residential purposes.

    As I thought it’s first use as a graphics material was for the Japanese designer Issey Miyake in the late 1980′s which is when I first saw it in SoHo on his showroom windows and almost tripped walking by, I was so amazed! Website listed below gives a nice description of the product and original uses.

    Another site that gives a good description.

    This is probably a material that requires professional installation and I would imagine its not inexpensive.

  6. jules
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    This product is LUMISTY FILM

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