Though it’s not something that anyone would have wished for, the sinkhole cave-in beneath the Skydome in February of 2014 might have just been the best thing to ever happen to the National Corvette Museum. Two years later, the museum has received a ton of media attention and record attendance, some of the damaged cars have been restored, and the NCM has even opened up a new exhibit to commemorate the collapse.
Corvette Cave In! The Skydome Sinkhole Experience is a thousand-square-foot interactive exhibit that explores both the geography that led to the sinkhole collapse, and the event itself. The centerpiece is a three-dimensional projection that allows visitors to experience what the cave-in was like from the inside out.
Pixel Rain Digital, in collaboration with Creative Arts Unlimited, created the multimedia exhibit using sculpted foam and paint to recreate the walls of the cave, and six short-throw projectors to virtually display the collapse for visitors to the museum.
Cycling every three minutes, the exhibit surrounds museum patrons with the sights and sounds of the sinkhole collapse. The projectors are carefully calibrated to provide a computer-generated animation that fills your field of view with overlapping images on the “cave” walls.