Bob Marley Messenger Exhibit

HistoryMiami museum, Miami | October 2013 - January 2014

S+A was the exhibit designer and interior architect for the exhibition Bob Marley Messenger on view for several months at HistoryMiami.

Curated by The GRAMMY® Museum at L.A. Live, Bob Marley Messenger arrived in Miami after stops in Los Angeles, London and Toronto. HistoryMiami engaged the entrant to create a new vision for the exhibition on its last stop in Miami before it traveled to Jamaica.

The team was inspired by the exhibition’s premise. In approaching the design, we wanted to enhance the legibility of Marley’s multi-faceted persona. Using his own words, we designed an environment that is dramatic and also introspective. The goal was to encourage the viewer to engage Bob Marley’s universal message in a very personal way.
The design transforms Marley's messages into space, creating a textual backdrop to support the exhibition's photography, albums, artifacts and other media. Components include the “Messenger Wall,’’ that reaches through the main hall and out into the entrance, and contextualizes Marley's upbringing in Jamaica. The collage of media is modulated by a neutral dark-gray backdrop that pulls vibrant Rastafarian colors and rich black-and-white photography into poignant relief.


2015 AIA Florida Award of Excellence

Photos by Robin Hill


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