The Tunnel of Dreams is meant as a spiritual overture before entering the metallic muscularity of the main exhibit. This backlit blueprint of the night sky is populated by hundreds of images of Man's dreams of flying, from the earliest winged rock-art figures, to the newest deep space probes.
The Tunnel of Dreams leads to the Living Room, where it is July 20th, 1969, 10 pm EST. Two children watch the greatest triumph of the dream of flight, the moon landing. Our 1964 Zenith plays the "live" footage on a 5 minute loop.
Our ethos for FLIGHT from the first meeting was "Permission". We wanted young visitors to be able to touch everything that we could safely allow them to. The hardy cockpit of this Cold War workhorse is up to the task of hundreds of youthful pilots a day who are free to push and pull on the yokes and pedals and flip every switch.
A late edition to the exhibit was the generous gift of a Polish Mig 21 UM trainer/fighter. As all the floor space had been assigned to other things, the only place we had was up. Fortunately the atrium of the former Salt Lake City public library had inches to spare for this old Communist hot-rod.
A behind the scenes look at the CSB workshop/airplane hangar. A huge part of the process was figuring out the complicated game of inches involved in cutting the planes in just the right pieces to squeeze into the Leonardo, and how to lift and re-connect the pieces once inside.
The "Aviators, Explorers and Innovators" wall. We divided the personalities of those who have pushed aviation forward over the years into these three areas. Naturally, there were many overlaps, so we designed this Venn diagram as a visual infographic.
We worked to keep some motion and vibrancy in the exhibit with several film presentations. We worked with frequent CSB collaborator and visual artist Conor Provenzano to make inspiring and beautiful film loops for several screens.
The yet unrealized "Pathways to Flight" interactive kiosk. Rather than a boring shelf with pamphlets to help eager visitors further explore a future in flight, we envisioned an interactive station with video and other media.