challenge of the deep | red cape studio
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
Mystic, CT • opened 1999

Developed while working at Thinc Design

Challenge of the Deep is an immersive environment at the Institute for Exploration, founded by the explorer Robert D. Ballard. The larger goal of the exhibit is to inspire a new generation of explorers.

Visitors enter the experience by boarding the stern of a research vessel filled with the objects of modern deepwater exploration, including the Turtle, a research DSV. As visitors move deeper into the exhibit the experience becomes progressively less familiar, filled with creatures and objects that have been brought up from the depths.