Bowling Green, Kentucky (WBKO) – After 14 years of planning, research, and building, the National Corvette Museum is opening a new exhibit called “Driven by Design.”
The 6,500-square-foot exhibit is designed to inspire, educate, and entertain guests of the National Corvette Museum about the history of the Corvette design process and the diverse individuals responsible for the iconic sports car.
The exhibit is interactive and shows guests of the National Corvette Museum the thought process people went through when creating the models behind the Corvette.
That’s something Sharon Brauner, president and CEO of the National Corvette Museum, says is one of the nicest things about this new exhibit.
“Right now, we’re telling a lot of stories of unsung heroes, people behind the scenes that probably no one has ever heard of,” Brawner says.
“That’s the beauty of this. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have been involved in designing the Corvette over the past 70 years. We’re going to have a lot of great history to draw from, so we can continue to develop the story over time.”
Driven By Design is an interactive experience for guests of the National Corvette Museum to learn more about the process that goes into creating the vehicle. With all the new age technology that went into building the gallery, it is an experience that anyone of any age can enjoy and learn something from.
That’s something Bob Popnis, Curator of Creation and Director of Exhibitions at the National Corvette Museum, says is one of the biggest goals when building this gallery.
“We can reach other people like kids who need inspiration at this point in their lives. People who only care about other people’s stories. The stories behind how these great cars came together,” says Poppins.
“I think it’s going to be a very popular exhibition, because it’s about the art. You know, it’s not just about the car. It’s about how art and science come together to make this amazing car. I think it will appeal to a wide range of people.”
Driven By Design will open its doors to the public from tomorrow, September 21, 2022. To find out more information about the exhibition and other exhibitions at the National Corvette Museum, you can visit website.
Full press release from the National Corvette Museum:
Bowling Green, Kentucky, September 20, 2022 The National Corvette Museum is pleased to announce its flagship exhibition, driven by design, 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 exhibit, located in the museum’s Design and Engineering Gallery, has been planned by museum staff along with co-curator, retired GM design chief Tom Peters, for several years and is designed to inspire, educate, and entertain National Corvette Museum guests. This gallery uses interactive items, antiques, practical objects, and motion-activated content to help guests learn about Corvette’s design history.
The gallery features Corvette Vice Presidents of Design, from Harley Earl in the 1950s to Mike Simcoe today. The exhibition also reveals the lesser known stories of those who worked outside the spotlight but were no less influential in creating the lines that would shape the automobile industry. Additionally, this exhibit highlights the diversity of individuals responsible for the Corvette’s iconic design.
This gallery also provides a complete overview of the complex and exciting process of designing a car, from sketches and designs to mud and proven models. From exterior and interior design to future projects and designs. Using interactive elements, guests will see the actual tools and models that led to the Corvette being on the road today.
About the National Corvette Museum: Since 1953, the Corvette has been an American sports car. The National Corvette Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, educational and research institution whose mission is to celebrate the invention of the Corvette and preserve the legendary car’s past, present, and future. For more information visit corvettmuseum.org Or call 270-781-7973.
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