Mobius Science Center

Floods Navigators

Older woman listens to audio and looks at map on Floods Navigator kiosk in gallery.

In the last ice age, cataclysmic floods regularly swept through the entire Pacific Northwest. The Floods Navigators — four interactive, map-based kiosks — explain how these floods have shaped human activity and the natural landscape. Each kiosk approaches the flood from a distinct disciplinary perspective — Geology, Geography, History of Science, or Hydrology — and combines accurate, GPS-map-based exploration with expert audio documentaries and sound design. Creative content development — figuring out the most interesting stories and locations that best tell the story of the floods — was conducted in close collaboration with field scientists, historians, writers, academics, photographers, filmmakers, and television producers with experience of these stories.

The kiosks are accompanied by a large motion graphics projection that dramatizes a Missoula Flood event, from the breakdown of an ice dam to the voyage of flood waters through the region and out toward the Pacific Ocean.

Follow the impact of epochal floods on the Pacific Northwest landscape.

Exhibit

  • Mobius Science Center

Location

  • Spokane, WA

Year

  • 2012

Partners

  • Renate
    • Exhibit Design
    • Engagement Management
  • Arxi Creative
    • Visual Design
    • Art Production