Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff Legacy

Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff Legacy celebrates the spirit of innovation by examining the impact on marine design and engineering by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff and the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. The exhibition is divided into four distinct but related sections of different aspects of maritime design and construction processes. As told through original sketches, half hulls, mechanical drawings, scale presentation models, various boat hardware and machinery, the design poses relationships between part and whole, engineering and sculptural form. Relating to the theme of the movement, the installation takes cues from maritime form, using bold, reductive forms and graphics to create an immersive environment for inspiration and study. The use of an innovative media interface allows visitors to access with ease an enormous archive of materials while interacting face-to-face with numerous boat models displayed along with their technical drawings. Rigid aluminum armature with cutout windows for half hulls allows the visitor to simultaneously see boat forms with the in-scale relationship between the different types of sailing vessels.

The show’s dynamic, angled forms allude to the feeling of consecutive boat prows lined up in the harbor. White-washed plywood serves as the surface for displays. As if caught between the night sky and the luminescent dark sea, the fabricated structural elements’ supporting artifacts float in space and contrasting against the existing polished black floor and ceiling. At the entry to the exhibition gallery, a projection of the bow of a sailing boat cruising full-speed projects onto a 25-foot long scrim printed with a scene of the open seas, taking even the visitor who has no sailing experience into a magical world of engineering and discovery.

A projection of the bow of a sailing boat cruising full-speed projects onto a 25-foot long scrim printed with a scene of the open seas, taking even the visitor who has no sailing experience into a magical world of engineering and discovery.