Natural History Museum

The Brief
Design a series of large-scale illustrations for one of the major London museums.
The illustrations designed specifically for the Natural History Museum seek to engage future generations and to communicate the importance of a sustainable future. The vast space within Hintze Hall as you enter the museum is flooded with light, allowing for an eye-catching viewing experience. Two canvases are dedicated to ‘Hope’ the Blue Whale and the American Mastodon. While the third focusses upon the three men who contributed massively to the Natural History Museum’s success.

Hintze Hall offers two large arched walls with a staircase located at the rear. The three illustrations encircle the ticket area. These three panels will seek to provide enjoyment to visitors queuing or preparing to tour the museum.

American Mastodon Canvas: The Mastodon is initially introduced as an extinct being, with varying reasons for its extinction. Followed by habitat and diet. Shown within the centre of the piece are differences and similarities to mammoths and elephants.
To emphasise that we must protect its present living relative.

Blue Whale Canvas: Visitors are able to observe the whale as they ascend the staircase to the various rooms within the museum. The piece shows distinct features of the blue whale while encompassing its natural behaviours in the wild. A reminder that these magnificent creatures are still under threat, accompanied by the presence of ‘Hope’ the blue whale suspended in the air.

Fathers of the NHM Canvas: The canvas is divided into three sections, starting in order of involvement. Sir Hans Sloane is portrayed first, the contributor of the museum’s first collection.
Sir Richard Owen, the founder of the Museum. Charles Darwin as a contributor of specimens and the theorist behind evolution.

Thomas Pearson
Manchester, UK.