National Corvette Museum Opens New “Driven By Design” Exhibit
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — After 14 years of planning, research and construction, the National Corvette Museum is opening a new exhibit called “Drive By Design.”
The 6,500 square foot exhibit was designed to inspire, educate and entertain visitors to the National Corvette Museum about the history of the Corvette design process and the various people responsible for the famous sports car.
The exhibit is interactive and shows guests of the National Corvette Museum the thought process individuals went through when creating the models behind the Corvette.
According to Sharon Brawner, President and CEO of the National Corvette Museum, this is one of the best things about this new exhibit.
“Right now we’re telling a lot of stories of unsung heroes, people who are behind the scenes that no one may ever hear about,” says Brawner.
“That’s the beauty of it. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have been involved in the design of the Corvette over the past 70 years. We will have a lot of great history to draw on, so that we can continue to evolve the story over time.
The “Drive By Design” exhibit is an interactive experience for visitors to the National Corvette Museum to learn about the vehicle’s creative process. With all the new-age technology that went into building the exhibit, it’s an experience anyone of any age can enjoy and learn from.
It’s something that, according to Bob Bubnis, Curator of Creations and Head of Exhibits at the National Corvette Museum, is one of the biggest goals when building this exhibit.
“We can reach other people like kids who need inspiration at this stage of their lives. People who are just interested in other people’s stories. The stories behind how these great cars came together” , explains Bubnis.
“I think it’s going to be quite a popular show, because it’s about art. You know, it’s not just about a car. It’s about how art and science come together to create this awesome automobile. I think it will appeal to a wide group of people.
The “Drive By Design” exhibit will open to the public beginning tomorrow, September 21, 2022. To learn more about the exhibit and other exhibits at the National Corvette Museum, you can visit their website.
Full press release from the National Corvette Museum:
BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky, September 20, 2022 – The National Corvette Museum (NCM) is pleased to announce that its groundbreaking exhibit, Motivated by design, is now open. The 6,500 square foot exhibit focuses on the history of the Corvette design process and the stories of the diverse group of individuals responsible for designing the most iconic sports car of all time.
This long-term exhibition, located in the museum’s Design and Engineering Gallery, was planned by the museum’s curatorial staff with co-curator, retired chief design officer Tom Peters, over several years and has was designed to inspire, educate and entertain National Corvette Museum Guests. This exhibit uses interactive elements, artifacts, hands-on objects and motion-activated content to help visitors explore the design history of the Corvette.
The exhibit showcases Corvette’s vice presidents of design, from Harley Earl in the 1950s to Mike Simcoe today. The exhibit also reveals the lesser-known stories of those who worked out of the spotlight but were no less influential in creating the lines that will shape the automotive industry. Additionally, this exhibit highlights the diversity of people responsible for Corvette’s iconic design.
This exhibition also gives a comprehensive insight into the complex and exciting process of designing a car, from sketches and renderings to clay and test models. From exterior and interior design to future projects and designs. Through the use of interactive elements, guests will see the actual tools and models that led to the Corvettes seen on the road today.
About the National Corvette Museum: Since 1953, the Corvette has been America’s sports car. The National Corvette Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation, serving as an educational and research institution with a mission to celebrate the invention of the Corvette and preserve the past, present and future of the legendary automobile. For more information, visit corvettemuseum.org or call 270-781-7973.
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