“Interpretation is a communication process that forges emotional and intellectual connections between the interests of the audience and the meanings inherent in the resource.” National Association for Interpretation (USA)
Our interpretation services include development of interpretation and community engagement plans, signage, digital interpretation, wayfinding and interpretive artworks for national and regional parks, heritage sites, walkways, museums, information centres and events on a range of natural and cultural heritage themes. We work with stakeholders including traditional owners, landscape architects, architects, science and heritage specialists to ensure high quality content. Our multi-disciplinary teams vary by project and can deliver thematic interpretation planning, interpretive media, art, research, copy writing and graphic and display design.
We work with clients to tell compelling stories. The Buried Village Museum Interpretation Plan included research, copy and design to tell the Maori and European stories around Mt Tarawera's eruption of 1886, the burying of many villages and the destruction of the famous Victorian tourist destination, the Pink and White Terraces. Buried Village tourist attraction, Rotorua, New Zealand. http://www.buriedvillage.co.nz/
We coordinate teams of specialists including conservation architects, indigenous traditional owners, rangers, heritage specialists and artists to deliver effective thematic interpretation planning and delivery in heritage places. Halswell Quarry Old Stone Cottage Visitor Centre Interpretation Plan and Delivery. Christchurch City Council, NZ
In the Halswell Quarry Old Stone Cottage Visitor Centre we interpreted both the history of the building and the geology of the Halswell Quarry site. Onsite interpretation included wetland, geology and Sister City themes. Halswell Quarry Park Interpretation Plan. Christchurch City Council, NZ
Inter-disciplinary programs can bring new ways of connecting with environmental issues. TreeLine was an interdisciplinary and interactive art, science and community program celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Caloundra Regional Gallery. The six month program delivered 45 events over 30 locations with schools, community groups, and professional artists across a range of media. Caloundra Regional Gallery (Director, John Waldron; TreeLine Project Manager, Kim Morland) received the Queensland State Gallery and Museum Achievement Award 2011. Image: Corrie Wright, Trees Breathe, TreeLine 2010.
Interpretation panels can support and expand on the messages of interpretive public art. This panel was designed to accompany Raymond Herber's sculpture that magnifies the instream life of restored Papanui Stream. Christchurch City Council, NZ.
Public interpretive art can provide a tactile, visual or auditory dimension to site interpretation. This sculpture highlights macrophyte and macro invertebrate recolonisation in the restored Papanui Stream. By magnifying elusive instream life we aimed to increase awareness about the importance of water quality and our impacts on it. Christchurch City Council, NZ. Interpretation: Kim Morland. Artist: Raymond Herber
Hands on experiences, tactile and interactive public art and digital applications in addition to signage and publications engage a wider audience. Resilience and minimal impact were addressed by these interactive interpretation posts designed for Halswell Quarry Wetlands in Christchurch. Christchurch City Council, NZ.
Interpretation can support environmental management decision making. The Christchurch City Council used a demonstration site and interpretation material at Bottle Lake Forest Park to consult with residents on the use of biosolids from the waste water treatment plant as fertiliser for forestry in this popular recreation reserve. Christchurch City Council, NZ.
These posts include children's artwork of species representative in a range of Christchurch ecosystems encourage native tree planting in the city. Native Trees Please Project. Christchurch City Council, NZ.
Flexible and portable, these banners were used by SEQ Catchments to highlight the importance of protecting lowland subtropical rainforests. SEQ Catchments for World Environment Day 2014. Paintings by Heather Gall.