Dry stone walls of Hvar island
Stari Grad museum takes care of the memories and objects from this oldest urban part of Croatia that has existed ever since its establishment as a Greek polis Faros in 384 B.C. until today, but also its surroundings, including Stari Grad plain. The historical core of Stari Grad and the cultural landscape of Stari Grad plain have been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2008. Our task was to design and realize the concept of presentation of dry stone walls within the existing museum.
The interpretation point “Dry stone walls of Hvar” was designed to show the visitors less known facts about dry stone wall building. The stylized shelves are stone-shaped, creating a meaningful whole through assembly, thus representing the dry stone wall. In parallel, this interpretation point attracts visitors with interactive strategies, so a small door or a drawer is hidden behind each “stone”. The door reveals the secrets of these wall hollows, from the construction technique to the animals that live inside, and the drawers enable visitors to enter a virtual world. This way they can visit Hvar villages built using dry stone wall building. Also, it gives them an opportunity to virtually participate in the dry stone wall building process itself.