Salamanders

Museum of London

Brief/Challenges

The museum proposed the creation of a temporary low relief installation on the external face of the rotunda to act as a beacon to the museum, and the wider cultural quarter, as well as enriching the public realm. Inspiration for the first installation was a jewel from the Museum’s Cheapside Hoard. A hat ornament in the form of a salamander, comprising of emeralds and diamonds set into gold. 

Commission

Paragon Creative design developed three giant 10 metre long versions of the brooch and worked with the Museum to ensure safe and effective (as well as dramatic!) positioning on the exterior of the rotunda. The salamanders are constructed predominately from GRP with painted acrylic to produce the emerald effect for the centre pieces. To meet the briefs aesthetic and durability requirements we produced the salamanders in GRP and acrylic undertaking many tests and prototypes to achieve the correct final appearance.

Our Client: Museum of London

Designed by: Museum of London

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STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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Moose!!

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Go moose eh 🤙

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No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

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Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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