After visiting Blackheath’s Staron exhibition stand at the 100 Percent Design Show, the Natural History Museum’s in-house designer,
Gemma Smith, worked with us and award-winning design, build and fit out company, Paragon Creative.
York-based Paragon Creative was commissioned to create a plinth which would house the most complete Stegosaurus skeleton in the world. The dinosaur, on display at London’s Natural History Museum, was discovered in 2003 in Wyoming US and existed around 150 million years ago.
In total, the armature and skeleton weighs 900kg. Paragon’s Production Design and Solid Surface facility designed an internal independent steel frame inside the outer plinth, which sits on bespoke shock absorbent feet. The outer plinth then surrounds and covers this inner plinth with no contact what so ever. This outer plinth is covered in two colours of Staron Solid Surface (Sanded Tundra and Sanded Stratus).
Each layer has been CNC cut and fabricated to exact dimensions, which keeps the contours precise and even, and ensures the structure of the plinth is strong enough to carry the weight of the Stegosaurus. The whole plinth and Armature was then erected in Paragon’s Solid Surface workshop in York before being dismantled and shipped down to the Natural History Museum and installed on site behind tight security.
Paragon also built a Staron Solid Surface interpretation table, incorporating replicas of the dinosaur supplied by Propshop and Graphics and AV by the Natural History Museum.