Alumna Jennifer Siegal (M.Arch '94) of Office of Mobile Design has been selected by the Monterey History and Art Association (MHAA) to perform the initial renovation of the Monterey History and Maritime Museum at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, CA.
Siegal's design includes the lure of the sea through four suspended baskets in the gallery space of the first floor. Each basket represents Monterey's interests with the sea – oral histories, whaling, the Japanese and Chinese communities, and Cannery Row – while incorporating the senses of sound, taste, sight, and touch. Monterey's lure of the land is represented in a wiggle wall that features the city’s indigenous culture (pre-1846), nautical navigation, tourism, military presence, and local artists.
The Monterey History and Maritime Museum has been closed since January for renovation, but a soft opening is slated for September 2010. The lobby will be completed in the fall of this year, and the first floor of the museum is scheduled to re-open in early 2011. In addition, the children's area in the courtyard will be updated. The MHAA houses more than 50,000 artifacts, costumes and textiles, photographs, and historic papers in the museum.
Siegal, known for her work in creating the prefab home of the century, is founder and principal of the Los Angeles-based firm Office of Mobile Design. Recently, Siegal was appointed as visiting professor at USC, where she starts teaching in the fall.