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Paleorama – dive in the Triassic

How can we bring back to life extinct animals in an exciting way in the museum context without neglecting scientific accuracy?

In paleontological museums, exhibits are usually accompanied by illustrations to help the visitor understand what they are. However, reconstruction often fails to communicate the connection between fossilized remains and reconstruction.

How can this connection be highlighted and reconstruction be made convincing? My project answers this question with an animated reconstruction directly projected onto fossils using the 3D projection mapping technique. This method brings the extinct animals back to life through the light of a beamer and creates a window looking out in to the sea-world of the Triassic.

The animation, which will be permanently displayed at the Fossils Museum of Monte San Giorgio (Meride, CH), will make it possible to observe the saurians in their natural habitat and to convey scientific information about palaeontology and geology in a new and thrilling way.

Gaia Codoni
MA-Diplome 2014

Design-Mentoring: Joe Rohrer, Fabienne Boldt Spinnler, Niklaus Heeb
Wissenschaftliches Mentoring: Alessia Vandelli, Heinz Furrer, Beat Scheffold

Neusticosaurus peyeri
Neusticosaurus peyeri
Frame of the animation:  Neusticosaurus peyeri chasing Triassic fishes in their natural habitat
Frame of the animation: Neusticosaurus peyeri chasing Triassic fishes in their natural habitat
Frame of the animation:  Neusticosaurus peyeri chasing fishes in the Triassic lagoon
Frame of the animation: Neusticosaurus peyeri chasing fishes in the Triassic lagoon
Storyboard of the animation Paleorama
Storyboard of the animation Paleorama
Sequence of animation
Sequence of animation
Visualization of the installation in the museum
Visualization of the installation in the museum
Ceresiosaurus calcagnii
Ceresiosaurus calcagnii
Rock plate in the museum
Rock plate in the museum
Sequence of animation
Sequence of animation