Bye Bye Bonaire (for now)

Today is the last full day on Bonaire. I’ve been here a little over a week, but the day that I walked out of the plane and looked at that bright pink airport building (people who have been here before know what I am talking about!) seems months ago. So much has happened; I experienced a new island, learned new things how to build a museum and met new people. At the same time, I caught up with some good friends that live here now. It’s been a great trip and I can’t believe the end is already here…

Ruud and I made some great progress on the Terramar Museum. After finalizing the meetings with the designers, builders and architects last Wednesday, we have been working on the content of the museum. Most of the work is with the texts in the exhibit. We need to edit the pieces we prepared previously and reduce the size, as shorter texts are better readable for the average visitor. We also decided to add ‘soundbites from the past’ to the exhibit, where a person living in the past tells about an important event. By making these texts as a personal quote, we’re trying to make the information more palatable and create a more personal approach.

Ruud and I also contacted a British artist who specializes in archaeological reconstruction drawings. We know this artist from previous work on Statia and asked him about making three drawings for the Terramar Museum. His drawings are really nice and with the information we will give, he can visualize a large part of the story that we want to tell. We walked through the museum one more time to envision where all our artefacts, images and text would be displayed and noticed that they started renovating the interior. Hopefully they will make a lot of progress in the coming weeks. I’m sure we will have a great museum this year and I can’t wait for the doors to open. Hopefully some of you will be able to come and see it with your own eyes!