Honouring current, past and present women whose lives exemplified the courage, resilience and independence that ultimately shaped the American West, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving their history.
Located in Fort Worth, Texas the museum is home to more than 4,000 artifacts and information regarding over 750 remarkable women, celebrating their decorated past and on-going contributions to American society today.
In 2015, the museum began the early stages of what would be a massive $5.5 million renovation that eventually made its way upstairs to the facility’s second floor. With much fanfare, the second floor was once again open to the public earlier this month and we were fortunate to have been involved with the redevelopment of one of the museum’s attractions.
The Bucking Bronc, which resided on the second floor, was in need of some upgrades ahead of the massive renovations. As part of the redevelopment, the Bucking Bronc was set to be unveiled as a new experience thanks to the experiential professionals at Moey Inc., who specialize in interactive spaces and large-scale interactive sculptures.
Residing in what is now known as the Bucking Bronc Room, the mechanical horse, loved by visitors of all ages, was in need of some extra safety upgrades. As anyone can imagine, the risk of falling is very high, if not completely expected with these types of attractions, and with people from all walks of life taking their turn on the Bronc, an inclusive padding system was required to mitigate the risk of injury should someone be bucked off.
Fitting inside the 10’ x 10’ exhibit, the padding had to seamlessly fit around the mechanical portion of the horse base and the design team at Moey had an original design for a two-piece solution to completely cover the machine. To finish it off, a cover was requested to make the padding completely seamless, easy to maintain and one that would keep feet from falling between the mats when in use.
Today, the newly improved exhibit remains at the museum, enjoyed by visitors from around the world.