Olson Visual worked on the continuing permanent exhibition Becoming Los Angeles at Natural History Museum. It’s the story of LA and how it started as a tiny pueblo to a large sprawling city. Visitors will see how the Native people have shaped this city through artifacts on display. There is also a story on the great depression and the wild wild west. Charlie Chaplin and women’s labor movement are also apart of this narrative. Some of the items to not miss are: a sewing machine from Alpert of Hollywood, Betty Grable’s Red Tutu, Vaquero Saddle, Tongva Beads, and Toshiba Transistor Radio. The Natural History Museum Los Angeles President Lori Bettison-Varga explained, “In the last several years, the Museum has become increasingly focused on community and our goal with these changes is to help people see themselves, and their communities, within the complicated intersections of nature and culture in L.A. This… read more →
The Tattoo, an exhibition is a collection of two hundred and thirty images and objects. It ranges from contemporary designs of tattoos to historical artifacts. There are also silicone models of the human form on display. Each of these things gives us a narrative of the people, primarily Southern California. Tattoos have been around for over five thousand years. Today, it influences art, fashion, product design, and other cultural implications. It can be a sacred ritual or an act of rebellion. This exhibition takes a look deep into it’s history. Olson Visual created a large window graphic. It covered the back area and made it appear as a large mural. We also installed the title wall graphic for the exhibition.
It is now 2018 and we look back at our achievements throughout the year. We have been increasingly busy creating work for some of the top exhibitions: Mungo Thompson at Nikodom Gallery, Extreme Mammals at Natural History Museum, Paul Simon: Words and Music at Skirball Cultural Center, and many others. This also includes working on numerous Pacific Standard Time shows (Ken Gonzales-Day: Surface Tension and Another Promised Land at Skirball). This year our Entertainment department expanded our locations in New York and other cities in the United States. We also created large scale step and repeats for Miss Universe and a pop-up for Air Jordan. Check out a year to remember! … read more →
The Natural History Museum of LA have organized a show around the theme of unusual creatures, “Extreme Mammals”. It highlights the diversity of the most interesting living and extinct animals. The exhibition originated at the American Museum of Natural History in New York but LA focuses mainly on Southern California. It is curated by Xiaoming Wang, a paleontologist who frequented Tibet for large mammals including the rhino. He defines an “extreme” mammal as features that are extreme relative to humans. One of the animals found in the exhibition is the giant mammoth who came over to the Channel Islands during the Ice Age. They could swim the 4-5 miles from mainland. The island ones were much smaller due to the limited food supply. The other featured mammal is the mountain lion, the only cat to survive the Ice Age (saber-tooths, jaguar, American lion, etc.). The mountain lion was the… read more →
Olson Visual created an amazing ticket booth for the Butterfly Pavilion. This exhibit will showcase thirty North American species and a variety of plants. The viewer will see a constant changing ecosystem with hundreds of flying butterflies and lush vegetation that grow and transform. For example, there are many caterpillars that feed on the green plants and go into a stage of metamorphisis. They become the beautiful winged creatures that use tubular mouth parts that help them feed on nectar. Then, they mate and lay eggs to start the process all over again. The many species of butterflies will be on display throughout the seasons. So,this pavilion will be a different experience every time! Here are some of the things to expect while visiting. There are twenty species of California including: Mourning Cloak, Buckeye, and Monarch. Furthermore, there is ten different species of subtropical ones such as the… read more →
The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles will be opening a 14,000-square-foot show about LA, a brand new restaurant, and continuing other intriguing exhibitions. Olson Visual was contacted to create the signage to help promote and bring awareness to these important events.