Exhibit Design & Fabrication

Conservation Station- National Estuary Program and National Aquarium in Baltimore      

Conservation station, a unique travelable watershed program, was developed to support community engagement and conservation action. The vision of the collaborative partnership between NAIB and EPA is to communicate an understanding of the term ‘watershed’ and encourage citizen action to improve water quality: Clean Water = Healthy Communities. This mobile and interactive tool serves as a platform for community engagement and discussion addressing the Clean Water Act by reducing non-point sources on a watershed scale.

 

Penguin Dollhouse- Polar Play Zone – John G. Shedd Aquarium

This doll-house was sculpted and cast to emulate the habitats of Antarctica. At the Polar Play Zone exhibit, children learn about penguins through observation of the habitat, imitation at the playground and play with this miniature penguin environment.

Pawnee Earthlodge and Tuareg Dollhouses – Crown Family Play Lab – Field Museum of Natural History

The Pawnee Earth Lodge and Tuareg scale model was built and cast to imitate the construction techniques used by Pawnee Indians and Tuareg people, the nomadic tribe of Sahara desert. This exhibit is designated for children between 3 and 8 years old. By incorporating various cultural elements like the Tuareg and Pawnee scale doll-houses, kids are stimulated to discover and learn about diverse cultures.

 

Scale models- Polar Play Zone and Oceanarium – John G. Shedd Aquarium

Throughout the design and construction of the Polar Play Zone exhibit and the re-design of the oceanarium at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, scale models played a crucial role for working out designs and serving as blueprints to convey aesthetic and structural details. Constructed and sculpted with designer’s guidance, once approved, they were handed off to the contracted companies to sculpt and build the exhibit components such as “rock work” and “ice” according to these models.

 

Replications – Aquatic Life, Plants & Vegetation – Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium

Replication works consist of wide assortment of plant, vegetable and artifact props. Processes include but are not limited to, sculpting, mold-making, casting, and painting. Each project requires different approach and use of various techniques. Whenever
possible, a mold of the original object is made and cast in polyurethane resin or other material. In many cases, a prototype or a model has to be created first, followed by mold-making and casting processes.