Maquettes are scale models of objects or spaces. They are fabricated and used by curators and designers to help them visualize their ideas for an exhibition.

Click on an image for a larger view and an extended caption describing the use of maquettes in the exhibition design process.


Maquettes are frequently used to plan exhibitions... Using maquettes, designers can position objects in advance...
Maquettes are produced up to three years before an exhibition opens... To create maquettes, objects are scanned into a computer...
Color prints of scaled scans are mounted on artist's mat board... Scale plans of an exhibition are designed using CAD software...
The most common scale used at the NGA for maquettes is one inch to one foot... Occasionally, full-sized models will be created...
Designers use three-dimensional models to help them visualize spaces... The Art Nouveau exhibition includes two period rooms...


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