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Shadow Play

August 27, 2014
Kirsty Gumina

AtmosphereThe San Francisco Exploratorium is a playful place to explore, learn and ignite curiosity. When McCalls was given the opportunity to coordinate the design for The Exploratorium’s Annual Gala, we wanted the principles of the Museum to be translated into the design.   Our designer met with our lighting specialists on the subject of color shadows to create something that would be fun and interactive for guests, and that also emulated the Exploratorium itself.







What are color shadows and how do you make them?  Colored shadows occur when two or more different-colored lights shine on the same spot on a white surface; the light reflecting from that spot to your eyes is called an “additive mixture” because it contains the colors from both lights. Utilizing all white tables, our design team created a table scape with unique and thoughtfully- placed flower arrangements; serving dishes in bold geometric shapes, and reflective glassware to amplify the shadows.  All of these elements drew together to create the perfect configuration for the color shadows to be the focal point of the overall design.

Photo credit to Drew Altizer Photography

For more photos of The Exploratorium Gala and to see the other room designs, please visit our Pinterest Profile.

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