In 2016, Xibitz and Lord Cultural Resources were invited by Bowen Technovation to be a part of an international team tasked with re-imagining the iconic Perlan Museum in Reykjavik. Perlan has been transformed into an area where tourists and fellow Icelanders are able to explore the unique natural history of Iceland in a highly interactive and entertaining museum environment — in addition to enjoying the wonderful architecture of the Perlan itself. Our exhibition work was undertaken in two phases. The 1st phase explores one of the iconic features of Iceland — the nature of glaciers. A highly realistic replicated ice cave educates visitors on the dangers and secrets of Iceland’s glaciers, and how the disappearance of these vast bodies of ice is leading to enormous change both on the island and around the world. Other exhibits wow visitors with a 360-degree view atop Vatnaj Kull Glacier, the unusual life forms that live on it, its effect on the land and what will happen if, or when, it disappears.
The 2nd phase explores Iceland’s ocean, coast, and land environments. Visitors can learn about their favorite aquatic fauna without having to get wet in a large, virtual fish tank. Experience an enormous lifelike replica of L trabjarg, the site of one of the largest bird colonies on Earth. Or follow the 64 million years of geologic history and discover how volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, and geothermal activity continue to create one of the most unique environmental stories on the planet.