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Highway Gallery

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Industry: Culture, Recreation & Sport
Media:Outdoor
Market:United Arab Emirates
Style: Minimalism
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Synopsis
Museum culture is not part of UAE culture. Even when UAE citizens travel to museum cities like Paris, London or New York, they’re not motivated to visit these cities acclaimed art collections. Because of its novelty, and it’s ‘first in the region’ appeal, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s grand opening successfully attracted visitors. But soon after, the museum became another landmark for tourists to visit, not a place for residents to continuously return for inspiration or entertainment. How could we convince local audiences/non-museum-goers that art and museums are far from outdated and boring, they’re actually fascinating and full of stories everyone can enjoy? We set out to prove Louvre Abu Dhabi isn’t a traditional – or predictable – museum.
Strategy
We decided to create interest by offering a sneak peek into all that’s being missed. We wanted to disprove false assumptions about museums and give everyone a reason to care about, and visit, this 21st-century museum. Knowing that more than 12,000 people drive the Dubai-Abu Dhabi E11 highway every day, listening to their radios but without much to look at, we decided to use the highway and the radio to provide a surprising first-look into the museum. But we had to use them in a way that would reflect the nature of Louvre Abu Dhabi: contemporary; creative; a new perspective on art and humanity. We developed the first ever radio-guided 'Highway Gallery', or the world-most-innovative and interesting museum esplanade. As commuters approached 9-meter-high billboards displaying masterpieces from the museum’s collection, their radios immediately broadcast 30-second stories about each artwork, proving just how interesting – and accessible – art really is.
Relevancy
The most important goal of the campaign was to prove Louvre Abu Dhabi represents a new kind of museum, a 21st-century museum that is accessible and enjoyable for everyone, even a community unexposed to or uninterested in museum culture. It was a perfect opportunity for disruption. Coupling creativity with technology, we two ‘outdated’ media into one innovative new brand experience: 'Louvre Abu Dhabi Highway Gallery'. As commuters drove down the E11, they encountered Louvre Abu Dhabi’s masterpieces like never before: on 9-meter-high billboards outside their windows and through 30-second stories of each artwork on their radios.
Outcome
+160,000 Visitors in one month 12,000 cars reached (daily average) 100+ km of highway from Dubai to Abu Dhabi covered with art More than 900 square meters of art printed 1,180% increase in mentions volume Louvre Abu Dhabi Social Impressions went from 330,000 15 days prior to the Highway Gallery installation to over 31 million (15 days after). The tech has Road Safety usages that can save lives and become a meteorological warning system, currently under consideration by government bodies in the quest to improve road safety and provide live traffic and safety alerts to drivers.
Execution
Creative process and Presentation of the Idea: February 2017. Launching of the Museum: November 11, 2017. Billboard blueprints approval: October 2017. Abu Dhabi Municipality Approval: December 2017. Building of the billboards: From January 14 to February 14, 2018. Billboard Size: 9x6 meters Launching date of the campaign: February 15, 2018.
CampaignDescription
Here’s how it worked: The museum’s iconic masterpieces were reproduced in giant frames and placed along the highway leading from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Next, each artwork was fitted with a solar-powered FM transmitter that synchronized the frequencies of the UAE’s top three radio stations’ with the museum audio guide. And anyone who wanted to engage had the choice to tune in. When approaching each artwork’s’ radio perimeter, drivers and passengers experienced the masterpieces like never before: right outside their windows, but also through an engaging story behind each piece, instantly broadcast through their car speakers. During the official launch, hosted by the Department of Culture and Tourism and the Prime Minister’s office, reporters, celebrities, curators and social influencers traveled the Highway Gallery through VR headsets. Intercity buses, taxis, and car rentals also supported the project.
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