MET Studio was commissioned to design a large-scale temporary exhibition at London's National Army Museum in Chelsea which told the incredible real-life story of the use of horses in warfare right through British military history, tying in with the original War Horse novel by Michael Morpurgo (who gave the exhibition his support), the National Theatre's award-winning War Horse stage production and the Steven Spielberg-directed War Horse film released in the same year.Collaboration was a key aspect of this project, with MET working closely with the NAM team in developing the narrative, object list and exhibit/environmental design. MET also brought in renowned artist Laura Antebi to create a large-scale horse sculpture constructed from barbed wire, depicting the plight of horses trapped in barbed wire in No Man’s Land. This moving centre piece created a pinnacle moment within the exhibition, bringing the fact and the fiction of the War Horse story together.The exhibition concluded by allowing visitors to customise their own horse cutouts and add them to a sculptural display depicting the 8 million horses who lost their lives during WW1, urging visitors to view the horses as people and not merely animals just as the novel does. During the short run of the exhibition over 20,000 custom horses were created – including one called “Sefton” from Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall.
The exhibition was shortlisted for Museums and Heritage and FX Design awards.
'The use of smells, noise, and visuals bring the scenes to life and gives insight to the atmosphere horses were subjected to' (FX Magazine - November 2011)