So maybe the people from SMM aren't quite as creepy as the scene from the 1982 film, Poltergeist, but they did just kind of fly in through the door, and now there's all kinds of unusual--dare I say paranormal?--activity going on in the gallery. Knocking, bumps, strange sights and smells....
But people seem to like them, so I guess they're okay.
Here are some shots from around the gallery as they unloaded for their two week visit. This is the first of three two-week installation trips, one in July, one in August, and the last in September.
(above) These are some views of the tornado theater. The entire structure was built in Minnesota, taken apart and packed, shipped to the Museum of the Great Plains, and then is being reassembled here. The shots on the left are the theater from the outside; the shots on the right are approximately the same view, but from the inside. At present the exterior is fully exposed, but when SMM is through, you won't see this exterior. (Click on the photos for a full view.)
Oh, those SMM folk are clever. Look closely at this simple machine, powered by an electric motor, that will cause the fake foliage outside the cellar window to move violently in the wind, to indicate the passing storm.
The pictures inside the cellar show where visitors will experience a recreation of Terrible Tuesday, the tornado that devastated nearby Wichita Falls, Texas, on April 10, 1979.
The "People of the Plains" diorama will feature nearly three-dozen historical figures arrayed in front of this imposing backdrop.
What are these? ( a) Images from the nearby Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge? or (b) photos from a...giant photo? Yes, "b" is correct! Don't they look realistic? Using a GigaPan, the developers from the Science Museum of Minnesota visited a location similar to an archaeological dig led by the Museum of the Great Plains in 1962, and captured a panorama that will help re-create the original site in our new gallery.
Here are some more views (below) of the installation of the wall mural.
The image is so real, in fact, that some people have even tried to climb the wall! (We feel sorry for them.) Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's--wait, who is that exactly?
(below) This a wall mural that appears in the new Tingley Store diorama. Other parts of this room will feature some of the actual furniture and objects captured in this image.
This is the former General Store space that is being converted into the Council Saddle Shop. "Big Red," the iconic horse that actually stood over the entrance to the Council Saddle Shop for decades, is already in place in his new home at the museum.
The space that was formerly a bank in the old gallery is being remodeled as the new General Store. There will be all kinds of activities in this space. It will look very, very well stocked once all the merchandise is unpacked.
Whew! Watching all this work at the museum has made me tired. So, for now, that's all. Wonder if that poor fellow is still trying to climb the wall in the dig site....
From time to time, we'll post info here about what's going-on at the museum.