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Quest for Immortality

Location
Singapore
Client
National Museum of Singapore
Surface area
15,382 sq ft
Completion date
2009
Overview

In 2009, GSM Project designed the best-attended ticketed travelling exhibition ever hosted in Singapore. Featuring a collection of artefacts spanning 4000 years and found in several Egyptian tombs, the exhibition explored the desire for immortality that followed ancient Egyptians through life and death, from their everyday lives to their burial rites and the afterlife.

GSM Project
GSM Project
GSM Project
A journey back in time

We worked in tandem with specialized curators and Egyptologists to recreate the three stages of an ancient Egyptian’s life journey, using sound, lighting, and graphics to present this spiritual topic with sensitivity. For the accomplishment of balancing conservation requirements with the desire to give visitors an up-close encounter with a distant, mysterious culture, our team was awarded the 2010 President’s Design Award.

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GSM Project
GSM Project
Uncovering the secrets of an ancient civilization

The experience begins with the Mirror Room, which presents sculptures, jewellery, and writing all featuring the symbols and daily rituals associated with longevity. Visitors then enter the Ritual Chamber, which includes artefacts from the rituals and offerings left by the living in honour of the dead. As in an ancient Egyptian tomb, a false stone door represents the gateway through which the immortal soul of the deceased passes. Finally, visitors descend a ramp into the Burial Chamber, where ancient mummies are exhibited alongside objects meant to ensure their passage to immortality.

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Summary

In 2009, GSM Project designed the best-attended ticketed travelling exhibition ever hosted in Singapore. Featuring a collection of artefacts spanning 4000 years and found in several Egyptian tombs, the exhibition explored the desire for immortality that followed ancient Egyptians through life and death.