In July of 2001 Roger was approached by the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. Initially sought out for his expertise in creating interactive presentations, the responsibilities grew to include art direction, design and installation of a 1300 square foot interpretive center in the Tribe’s administrative building.
This installation posed challenges which went well beyond that of creating an interpretive center that engages its audience while seamlessly passing its information to the viewer. The location within the government headquarters called for a design that diverged from the model seen at other installations throughout the State.
Rather than attempting to shape the space itself with facades of native structures, we chose to visually eliminate the space, painting the walls a dark cranberry and the ceilings nearly black. Against this backdrop we used lighting to direct the viewers attention to the artifacts, photographs, interpretive text and graphics. The resulting simplicity allows the viewer to see and digest each idea without the usual cacophony of images and information associated with so many collections and installations.
This approach imbues the artifacts and archival materials with a sense of visual dignity and respect. The exhibition gives expression to the Tribe's spirit in a manner that affirms the value of their unique cultural heritage.