Key episodes in Darwin's biography are presented as large graphic novel-style panels while the reverse elaborates on his scientific practice and discoveries using objects, images and text. Set around the exhibition space is a time-line that locates Darwin's life and discoveries in a broader cultural and historical context.
Using an experimental technique, commissioned illustrations are printed directly onto birch-faced plywood,
resulting in clear colours with a subtle underlying wood grain texture. Functional structures in metal extrusion support the printed ply panels and form the basis of custom-made display cases. Their practical, utilitarian aesthetic reflects the explicatory content. Spotlights highlight and intensify the colours of the illustrated panels, while integrated fibre-optic lighting illuminates the cases on their reverse.