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The Witness Blanket

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Temporary exhibition


Role: Exhibit graphic design and production, adaptation of an existing exhibit identity

The Witness Blanket, inspired by a woven blanket, is large‐scale art installation created by Carey Newman. It is made from pieces of history – hundreds of items reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings, and other cultural structures all across Canada.

This temporary exhibit adapted and expanded upon an existing travelling exhibit identity, exploring the natural materials, geometric patterns and layering used in the blanket's construction. 

As time and travel wore on the artwork, it required detailed conservation work and restoration. The CMHR offered our design and production services to create a scale reproduction of the blanket that could continue travelling, while offering our services of conservation and resources for its repair. 


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