1. Exploring the Parthenon Frieze Exhibit
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What is Shown?

As the viewer walks by, objects of importance are highlighted on the frieze itself using projections. Bright blue has been found to be the best color for highlighting the casting material, although a bright red may also be a suitable alternative. Our own projection experiments show that it is possible to accurately highlight the outline of 3D objects such as the frieze castings.

What is Said?

Accompanying text is displayed on screens below the frieze, and only appears when the user gets close to the artifact. Paragraphs of text tend to overwhelm and discourage viewers, so we propose that details should only appear once the viewer has expressed heightened interest in the artifact, as measured by their moving closer to it. The text should highlight cultural associations, and connections that can be drawn to the artifact itself. Highlighting the helmets, for example, gives cultural insight to the design of armor during that period, and makes concrete comparisons to the artifact itself.

What is Touched?

Edge-to-edge Screens are fitted below the frieze to display information in ways that can be more interactive. When appropriate, rotatable 3D versions of the highlighted frieze item (or related objects) allow visitors to view and explore the object in ways that they cannot do with the frieze relief alone, which is limited to one viewpoint. It also allows for multiple objects to be highlighted on a given frieze panel, shown one at a time, letting the user control the pacing (see below).

2. Analyzing the Label
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What is Always Visible?

As the viewer walks directly in front of a section of frieze, certain information is always available for as long as they remain in front of it. The one thing that is always guaranteed to be visibile is the numbers and locations of that section of frieze. The example above shows 28 West. This represents the 28th segment on the west side of the frieze.

For most sections, objects of importance are also highlighted. As long as the viewer remains in front of that section, these are always visible both on the lower screens as a featured artifact and as a blue highlighted section of the frieze. The titles will also be shown in these cases, and describe the theme for the featured artifacts, especially when there is more than one for a given section.

What is Sometimes Visible?

More detailed information about the highlighted artifact or feature is hidden until the viewer more closely approches the frieze section. This includes most text descriptions, which should highlight cultural associations, and connections that can be drawn to the artifact itself. Paragraphs of text tend to overwhelm and discourage viewers, so we believe that details should only appear once the viewer has expressed heightened interest in the artifact, as measured by their moving closer to it.

What is Interactive?

When appropriate, rotatable 3D versions of the highlighted frieze item (or related objects) allow visitors to view and explore the object in ways that they cannot do with the frieze relief alone. Rotate icons below the objects indicate that the screen is touchable and interactive. The screen also allows for multiple objects to be highlighted on a given frieze panel, shown one at a time, letting the user control the pacing.

In cases where more than one artifact is highlighted for a given frieze section, the screen behaves in a way similar to a webpage slider, where the user can swipe to the next "slide" with their hand. The current "slide" is shown with a filled in place marker along the bottom, again similar to traditional web sliders, which also serves to show how many artifacts are featured for that panel. Switching between artifacts on the screen will also change what is highlighted via projector on the frieze itself.

3. Optional Mobile Integration
Scan

The intro screen of the app allows users to scan artifacts on certain displays, such as those displayed on the screens below the frieze.

Browse

Once the artifact is identified, the app suggests other related artifacts located and displayed in the Spurlock museum, and displays their pictures for browsing.

Find

Selected a suggested related artifact will provide more information about what exhibit it is located in, if it is an orginal artifact or reproduction, and displays a map that serves as a wayfinding tool and shows where the new artifact is in relation to the user's current location.