Exhibition Design

The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Seven story plinths tell the story of Dian Fossey and, educate visitors on gorilla life, and explore the conservation work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (DFGF.) Historical images and modern images compliment the narrative, set in both English and Kinyarwanda.

A timeline celebrating the life of Dian Fossey grounds the viewer in her extraordinary story and life’s work, continued by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

A forest of two-sided, four-paneled exhibition elements engenders empathy for gorillas by sharing ways in which they live, love, mourn, and raise their families much like humans.

To protect mountain gorillas is to research and conserve interconnected animals.

A set of human-scale fabric banners welcome guests to the exhibition and introduces each section.

Visitors are invited to take a personality quiz that inspires their next steps in their paths to being everyday conservationists. Visitors can also take their photos, sealing their pledge with a pic.

The exhibition ends in a highly interactive table that allows visitors a moment of hands-on discovery around the science and research of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. You might be surprised by the significance of poop in counting and research gorilla families!

Exhibition Design (Schematic + Detailed) and Production: Joelle Riffle
Exhibition Concept by Local Projects
Concept Design: Rick Valicenti and Anna Mort (THIRST) (Graphic and 3D typology concepts, fonts and colors)
Renderings and 3D Design and Visualization: Bethel Abate (MASS)
Additional renderings: Miguel Roldán Signes (MASS)
Exhibition Design: Maggie Jacobstein Stern (MASS)
Design Principal: Amie Shao (MASS)
Design Manager: Emily Goldenberg