|Mechanised Exhibit Tells 'The Story of the Banana' at Eden Project
Bananas don't just suddenly materialise on the shelves of the supermarket; in fact they have quite a tale to tell of their journey and a new exhibit at the Eden Project, featuring a 50 metre conveyor circuit, will do just that.
Installed by Rusmail Conveyor Systems in partnership with French company OCA, the specially constructed conveyor carries large bundles of artificial bananas as if freshly picked from the plantation, which will travel down through the various levels of the Humid Tropics Biome to be loaded into the prow of a life-sized model of a container ship. David Craddock, Exhibit Design Manager says: "Our intention with any exhibit is to connect plants with people. Here in the biome you can see bananas growing and we wanted visitors to appreciate them not just as botanical specimens but as commodity products, important to both the people and the economies where they are grown."
The exhibit has an interactive element inviting visitors to crank the handle and activate the conveyor system while learning all about the banana's epic journey. It explores both low volume artisan producers to high volume mechanized production and their methods of picking, washing, grading and packing. For authenticity, some banana bundles will be swathed in blue sacks, sent over from Costa Rica which are used to protect the bananas from pest infestation on their journey.
The Eden Project, which attracts over 1 million visitors a year, is showcasing the story of the banana as part of Food Week which runs from 27th May - 3rd June and features a number of events around tropical fruits and other foodstuffs.
Unfortunately, we do not yet have final pictures of this project because of the considerable activity during the Food Week and the priority given to HM the Queen's visit. Pictures of the conveyor will follow shortly. These two projects highlight the adaptability and flexibility of our overhead cable system. It is able to change direction laterally and vertically up to approx. 60 degrees depending on the application. It operates very efficiently and quietly, requiring almost zero maintenance. Could you apply it to your next project?