Natural Lines Consultancy

Recent projects include:

  • Southern Lands, Southern People Gallery (Otago Museum) –coordinating design (with a team of five designers/researchers/writer/artists including Rick Pearson) for this complex $1.4 million project (1000 m2). This is a multi-themed exhibition featuring arguably the world’s finest collection of NZ’s extinct fauna (from ancient fossils through to the 20th Century), a interweaving of natural and human stories. Chris was also contracted to prepare artwork reconstructing prehistoric and archaeological settings. Project creative team included: Neville Peat (writer), Jo Ogier (artist) and Martin Fisher (graphics). (Client: Otago Museum).
  • Waitomo Museum of Caves –coordinating design for the total upgrade of this small museum (close to the heart of the King Country). The exhibits, while focussing on the limestone landscape story, also included placing Waitomo in historical context – the King Movement, land court hearings, subsequent sales and dispossession, the growth of tourism, and farming. Team included: Adam Ellis, Chris Slane(art), Bill Paynter (digital manipulateon) and Sonia Frimmel (writer). (Client: Waitomo Museum of Caves).
  • Interpretation Strategy for Auckland City – our team formulated a comprehensive plan for the interpreting Auckland’s geological, geographical, natural, cultural and historical heritage, utilising all parks and open spaces within the city (Client: Auckland City Council)
  • North Egmont & Dawson Falls Visitor Centres – coordinating designer for the total upgrade of both these visitor centres. Our team included architects from New Plymouth and dramatically improved the North Egmont visitor and interpretation facilities (Client: Department of Conservation)
  • Patterns on the Land – produced a very successful historical poster series for southern Auckland, with particular emphasis on turbulent period of the mid 1800s. The twelve poster set later formed the basis of an education kit prepared by teachers (Client: Auckland Regional Council)
  • Sky Tower Education Programme – coordinating designer (with a team of designers, illustrators for the resource kit with programme activities developed by Auckland Teachers Training College staff
  • Cultural Heritage Poster series – coordinating interpretation and production for these popular posters (Auckland Stonefields, Devonport Maritime Heritage, West Auckland Clay Industry) (Client: Auckland Regional Council)
  • Historic Mahurangi – produced a poster guide to history of the Mahurangi district (a maritime perspective). (Client: Auckland Regional Council)
  • Auckland City Bus Shelter Interpretation project – coordinating interpretation and concept design for interpretive panels in bus shelters (Client: five community wards, Auckland City Council)
  • Tamaki Drive/Maungakiekie Interpretation Signage projects – coordinating interpretation and concept design (Client: Auckland City Council)
  • Coast to Coast Walkway brochurecoordinating interpretation (Client: Auckland City Council).

What's next?
Chris has been commissioned to prepare illustrations for two fossil booklets that will support the major New Zealand touring exhibition Fossil Hunting in NZ opening October 2007 in Taranaki. This is a project for GNS Science. See more of Chris's fossil reconstruction work, and read about Natural Lines Consultancy activities.

Rock art reconstruction

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