Extreme make-over of the Kon-Tiki raft - Winter-Spring 2013
Restoration work on the original Kon-Tiki raft is now completed. The project is supervised by Olav Heyerdahl, Thor Heyerdahl’s grandson. The raft consisting mainly of nine balsawood logs has been dismantled and the ropes and lashings have been replaced by fresh rope.
We are also working on a comprehensive exhibition about the Kon-Tiki expedition, which will include a separate exhibit especially for our younger visitors. This exhibit will be ready for the public by June 20th 2013.
The original Kon-Tiki film is screened at the museum every day at 12 noon.
EXTREME UPGRADE OF THE KON-TIKI!
The Kon-Tiki Museum is experiencing renewed interest these days with the release of a new feature movie based upon the Kon-Tiki Expedition. We have decided to begin an exciting upgrade of the entire Kon-Tiki exhibition.
The original raft will undergo its first complete restoration since the museum first opened in 1950. Olav Heyerdahl, the grandson of Thor Heyerdahl, is in charge of this restoration. He is known for his own expeditions Tangaroa in 2006 and the Plastiki in 2010. He was also part of the team that disasembled the Tangaroa to make the replica of the Kon-Tiki raft used in the new feature movie. Between February 4th and the beginning of May Olav Heyerdahl will be in charge of the biggest puzzle in Norway.
In order to highlight the fascinating and rich marine life that followed the raft on its journey across the Pacific, we will use advanced digital effects in the under-water display. The digital effects are developed in collaboration with the producer of the new Kon-Tiki feature movie and Fido, one of the best digital effects companies in the Nordic countries.
The exhibition about the Kon-Tiki Expedition will be much more extensive and the story will be told with a new and more personal perspective. It will be easy to envision the daily life of the six men on the raft. We will also give You the story of the consequences the expedition had for Thor Heyerdahl personally and for popular culture in the 1950s and 1960s. There will also be a new exhibition for our youngest visitors.
Consequently, the Kon-Tiki exhibition will be partly closed during the project from February 4th and till the beginning of May. You will be able to follow the restoration of the original Kon-Tiki raft for the duriation of the project.
The museum first opened in 1950 with the Kon-Tiki raft as its main attraction. The raft is now in need of a major upgrade. Between February 4th and the beginning of May Olav Heyerdahl will be in charge of the biggest puzzle in Norway. He will take the raft apart, repair some of the logs, and lash it back together with new ropes. During the process the raft will be documented in detail.
The project is going to take about 10 weeks. Below is a schedule of the main phases of the restoration and when they will take place.
The project is going to take about 10 weeks and below is a schedule of the main phases of the restoration and when they will take place.
Weeks 6-7: Constructing security-walls and preparation for restoration.
Weeks 7-8: The raft is taken apart.
Weeks 8-9: The main logs are cleaned and documented.
Week 10: The main logs are being lashed together.
Weeks 10-11: The main logs and transverse logs are lashed together.
Weeks 12-13: The deck and cabin are restored.
Weeks 13-15: The deck and cabin are finished. The mast and sail are rigged.