Ancient ceramic vessels seen as a recorded history of an ongoing process of container design. The evolution of packaging, cargo, and trade is apparent in the subtle changes made by influential civilizations. The vessels are proof of man’s ability or need to innovate and adapt in order to thrive.
The exhibit focuses on the chronological changes to the vessel designs; Egyptian, Persian, Hellenic and Roman. Each change is examined through its cultural background and its relevance to trade. A visual and written exhibit runs parallel to the order of vessel, that will highlight continuing innovation in modern packaging.
The design of the exhibition embodies an archaeological discovery. The vessels are partly ‘submerged’ into an excavated surface which is the upper layer of an information topology. A mirror running along the entire exhibition becomes the apparatus for discovery. On approach to the exhibit, its reflection reveals the underside of the excavated surface, conceding hidden parts of the vessels, along with images and text.