Museum Quality Fabrication

From the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies:

“A highlight of this installation will be a recreation of Herbert Bayer’s “Outside-In Globe” originally erected in 1943 for his exhibition Airways to Peace: An Exhibition of Geography for the Future created for the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The original 13-foot globe transferred the countries and bodies of water of the earth from the exterior – as was typically presented – to the interior of the sphere.  This allowed the viewer, standing inside the globe, to see a greater proportion of the earth’s surface and to observe the spatial relationships that were not understood in a two-dimensional map.  Bayer’s globe also emphasized the importance of air travel in the strategy of World War II and the vision of peace to come. The new 8-foot version, to be suspended from the Isaacson room ceiling, will represent an updated map and allow the viewer to be immersed within it.”

Charting Space: Herbert Bayer’s World Geo-Graphic Atlas at 70.
Photo by The Aspen Institute, 2023

Our approach to fabricating a replica of the Herbert Bayer “Outside-In Globe”.

Accuracy and Authenticity

We aim to create replicas that are as close to the original build as possible. This involves detailed research and collaboration with curators to ensure accuracy in terms of design, materials, color, textures and dimensions.

Materials and Durability

The choice of materials is crucial to ensure the longevity of our builds. We choose materials that are resistant to deterioration, fading, and damage. For the globe, we used fiberglass panels and a wooden frame. We then coated the exterior with a heavy build primer and sanded it for a smooth finish. We painted the outside and used matte laminated vinyl for the interior map.

Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail

To apply the map vinyl, we chose to approach each triangle section in two parts because of the nature of the inverted curve. We had to be meticulous in order to line up the map grid, each country, and their names on each of the 22 sections.

Vinyl Application Process

Collaboration and Documentation

Museum-quality fabrication involves close collaboration between fabricators and curators. Clear documentation is maintained throughout the fabrication process, including design specifications, material samples, construction details, progress photos, and time-lapse footage of the fabrication process, ensuring transparency and accountability.

Atomic’s renderings for how this installation would fit in the exhibition space.

Display and Installation

Taking into account the specific requirements of the exhibit space, lighting conditions, and visitor experience is crucial. Proper display techniques and installation methods are employed to enhance the aesthetics, accessibility, and preservation of the replica.

The time-lapse footage was on display next to the “Outside-In Globe” to showcase the fabrication process to visitors.

Watch it here


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