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Dirk Hartog Shark Bay , a Gibson Walls project.


A taster version of the GibsonWall™ for the 400th anniversary of the first European landing in Western Australia.

This interactive experience gives visitors an insight into the story of the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog and the first recorded European landing on Dirk Hartog Island in Shark Bay, Western Australia on 25th October 1616.

The Western Australian Museum wanted visitors to the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre to commemorate the 400th anniversary through something creative and explorative, more so than a set of photographs on display.

Utilizing components of the software developed for the Texas TouchCity Wall, the interactive follows the story from Dirk Hartog’s accidental discovery of Shark Bay in 1616 through the recovery of remnants of sunken ships such as the Dutch VOC ship Batavia, to today’s reenactments of Hartog’s voyage.

Combining a stunning GibsonScape™ user interface created by graphic artist partners Space and Time, with engaging archival imagery collected by the Western Australian Museum, the Dirk Hartog experience is an imaginative way to tell an old but intriguing story in a new and visually appealing way.

Presented on two 55” touchscreens, the GibsonScape™ highlights the rugged beauty of the area, attracting the eye as soon as visitors walk in the door. The thoughtfully crafted interface encourages visitors to explore, with each piece of media linked to other media throughout the experience. And as a bonus, the media can be updated as required to include new stories as they are uncovered.