An army of 2,200 year-old terracotta warriors go on display at World Museum Liverpool this week as part of a blockbuster exhibition for the city. Liverpool museum bosses are expecting 450,000 visitors over the next eight months with 141,000 tickets having already been sold.
Adlib has specified, supplied, and installed all of the audio visual equipment including complex projection systems and surround-sound audio installations alongside partners Draw & Code.
We caught up with Fiona Philpott, Director of Exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool to discuss the installation.
What was the biggest challenge before you started working with Adlib and Draw & Code?
One of the hardest things was actually writing the brief for the audio-visual presentations and the immersive we were going to produce. It was quite tricky to know how to construct that.
How did we help you overcome those challenges?
You were fantastic, because you’re a bunch of creative people and not only did you help us take the story to a completely new level. You are just technical wizards, and all our concerns about projection, number of projectors, how we’d maintain the projectors, and the audio visuals that were also on display were completely alleviated, because you’re such a professional and reassuring team of people.
What was unique about Adlib’s approach to the project?
Because you are based in Liverpool, the way in which you have been able to support us and respond to any issues that might occur, I suppose is different to anyone else, being moments away in Speke and that was massively reassuring for us.
You are such a professional, highly regarded and international company, so there isn’t much you can’t do as far as I can see.
I feel like you’ve become a member of the museum’s family as you’ve spent every day with us for the past few months and it’s been fantastic. I don’t know how you’ve managed that but its been wonderful.
What do you think the exhibition means for Liverpool?
It’s a blockbuster exhibition for the city, it’s a one in a lifetime opportunity for the city to see such remarkable material from China. These items come from world heritage site, a global phenomenon.
It’s truly remarkable to stand here and look at them. They are 2,000 years old and they’ve been flown over 5,000 miles.
What would you say to anyone thinking of working with Adlib?
They’d be mad not to work with Adlib! As far as I can see you are a fantastically professional organisation, you seem to have a lovely culture, everybody seems very positive, friendly, and the quality of what you do is outstanding.
How was the relationship between Adlib, Draw & Code and World Museum?
It’s been a true partnership, its been like a marriage really! Adlib, Draw & Code, and World Museum have been working seamlessly together and that’s been a great collaboration and one I hope we will continue in the future
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