“We are the first generation to know the impact we are having on our planet and the last generation that can do something about it. For the first time we have the knowledge, technology and solutions to tackle the challenges we face and build a planet we can be proud of.” – Sir David Attenborough
The global documentary phenomenon, ‘Our Planet’ has become a stunning interactive exhibition staged by some of the world’s leading creatives including Arup.
Showing simultaneously in three countries, ‘REWILD Our Planet’ is a world-first collaboration between Arup, Australian immersive technology studio PHORIA, Netflix, Google and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Using video from the new Netflix series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the evocative exhibition uses augmented reality (AR) to take visitors deep into the world’s most fragile ecosystems.
Arup’s Regional Chair Peter Chamley said producing the exhibitions had been a masterclass in collaboration. “This ambitious undertaking has had expert teams around the world working in sync to design, engineer and install the unique multimedia and sensory exhibition.”
“Our people formed a great partnership with PHORIA in Melbourne on the structural design of the physical elements of the exhibition as well as the soundscape to help create a compelling visitor experience. It has been seamless. ”
As visitors interact with the IMAX style projections and the AR landscapes, their experience is intensified by an emotive soundscape.
The Arup acoustics team adapted the series’ master audio score (comprising original music by Steven Price – best known for his Academy Award-winning score for ‘Gravity’) to create a soundscape with added effects from nature to enhance key moments in the video.
Chamley said Arup felt deeply connected to the purpose of the exhibition – to use creative technology to heighten environmental awareness and encourage responsible action.
“It mirrors our own ethos of shaping a better world and our alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.
“This exhibition aims to augment the emotional connection users feel to each other and the planet. Building it with Netflix, Google, WWF and Arup demonstrates how emerging, extended reality technologies can transform the social impact sector for good,” concluded CEO of PHORIA, Trent Clews-de Castella.
REWILD Our Planet is showing at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore (2/4 – 2/6/19); New York City’s Dolby SoHo (6/4 – 21/4/19) and at We The Curious in Bristol, UK (12/4 – 2/6/19). Watch the preview here