The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

Paragon Setworks Rock at Exhibitionism The Rolling Stones

Paragon Creative was commissioned to create a number of setworks exhibits for the major Rolling Stones exhibition called Exhibitionism at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Exhibitionism opened to critical acclaim in April this year.

The exhibition occupies over nine thematic galleries spread across two floors of the Saatchi Gallery. It contains over five hundred important and unseen Rolling Stones artefacts taken from the band’s personal archive and journeys through their fascinating fifty year history, embracing all aspects of art & design, film, video, fashion, performance, rare sound archives, and of course, at the heart of it, the Stones’ musical heritage.

Our work includes the creation of a three-dimensional, 2.5 metre wide copy of the Rolling Stones tongue and lips icon which forms a dramatic projection mapped AV presentation in the exhibition. The lips and tongue shape was formed using a 5 axis CNC machine to create a high density foam form and we then applied a hard coat finish to create a dense suitable surface to project on.

We were also given the task of populating some of the rooms with period props in a reconstruction of part of the London flat at Edith Grove, which Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards shared from 1962 to 1963. This includes sourcing props and furniture from the period and then dressing and distressing them to represent that ‘moment in time’. We also painted/distressed the walls of the rooms to degrade them to the conditions that the Rolling Stones experienced and that has been documented over the years.

We were also involved in creating elements in the Performance Section of the exhibition, this involved set dressing a set-up of the under stage areas of a typical Rolling Stones gig using flight boxes and equipment cases from the Stones archive, intermingled with replica items such as Ronnie Woods and Keith Richards guitars.

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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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2 days ago

Go moose eh 🤙

2 days ago   ·  1

No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

2 days ago

Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

16 hours ago

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