Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is a touring
exhibit showcasing an array of artifacts from King Tutankhamun and a
host of other Pharaohs; it has been seen so far by 5 million visitors
worldwide. The exhibition focuses on the 18th dynasty, a 100-year
period when Egypt was at the height of its power and the "golden age" of
Egyptian artistry revealing the history, family life, religion, and many
other aspects of the lives of these important rulers. Featuring over 130
objects, including many from the reign of Tutankhamun, as well as
treasures from the most significant pharaohs who ruled the Nile
throughout 2,000 years of history, the exhibition places Tutankhamun in
the context of ancient Egyptian culture and focuses on the splendor of
the Egyptian pharaohs, the significance of kingship to the ancient
Egyptian people, and the intricate and symbolic ceremonies related to
life and death in the palace.

The design firm Lightswitch worked with a team assembled by Arts &
Exhibitions International to mount the exhibit. "The Lightswitch team
has a great deal of experience in the design of touring exhibits of this
type," said Bradley Malkus, of Lightswitch. "We know how to re-imagine
an exhibit as it moves through multiple venues of varying types. We
understand the challenges involved in creating a beautiful and dramatic
guest experience while juggling the many concerns that must be
considered along the way. We have learned how to combine
theatricality, architectural design, and conservation concerns while still
keeping a close eye on schedule and budget. We also feel that our
depth of experience with these types of projects gives us a unique, big-
picture view and helps us to work efficiently with the rest of the
production team to achieve all of this."

In addition to creating the lighting design, Lightswitch was responsible
for the specification and procurement of the entire lighting system which
will be used over the entire five year run of the tour and includes over
200 Philips Strand/Selecon Aureol BeamSpots / Shapers. "We are
thrilled with these fixtures. My client loves to show them off, and the
crew guys really enjoyed working with them during the installation. So
far, they have been extremely reliable and the people that are doing the
system maintenance for us have been very impressed as well," said
Bradley.