The company proposes constructing a portion of a riverboat that museum visitors could board. The riverboat would feature silhouettes of crewmembers behind windows, who would provide an audio narrative about the move of the state Capitol from Wheeling to Charleston.
"As a final touch, an interactive projection will create fish swimming at water's edge, which dart away when visitors step near," it states. "The water's surface will ripple and move in response to visitor movements."
In its previous project overview, RSL proposed numerous animatronic displays, with birds and animals, including tour-guide "Red," as well as a Civil War soldier, a museum conservator, and two animated talking busts.
It also called for several interactive video displays, including scenes where visitors could play virtual horseshoes, or appear to be performing in a bluegrass band.
RSL's bid package indicates the company has done numerous animatronic displays, albeit all involving amusement park rides, including the Phantom Thunder, Tomb Raider rides and Scooby's Haunted Mansion rides at King's Island and King's Dominion parks.
In addition to the State Museum, RSL's resume includes the National Museum of Jewish History, the Arabian Horse Galleries at the Kentucky Horse Park, and the Little League Museum.
The firm is collaborating with Design and Production Inc. on a number of museum projects, including the National Museum of the U.S. Army, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.
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