The Stables Exhibition at Blenheim Palace is an immersive and interactive experience showcasing the importance of horses at Blenheim through the centuries. Located in the historic stables, Splinter was responsible for building a number of exhibits for the permanent attraction including a full-sized horse, an ancient oak tree, a bird hide and a thrilling horse racing game.
With the Blenheim Estate having the greatest concentration of ancient Oak trees in the country, Splinter was asked to replicate one of these magnificent trees to be shown growing inside the stables, complete with playful top-hot lighting hanging from it’s branches. The full-sized horse, painted in the style of the surrounding exhibits, includes a genuine side saddle for visitors to try out. The atmospheric ‘bird hide’ creates a dark space to display historic videos and stills of the Blenheim Estate. Finally, the horse racing game celebrates the history of Blenheim’s connection with the Godolphin Barb, one of the three thoroughbred ‘Arabian’ horses that all modern race-horses can trace their bloodline back to. Therefore, the game is designed to reflect the style of the paintings and illustrations of the era.