Humble? We fabricated a variety of themed elements including signage, a fishing boat, entry & exit gates, guano harvesting props and a viewing blind for this environmentally friendly exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA.
From inside this viewing blind, zoo visitors may observe the Humboldt penguins as if they were in the rocky, arid coastline of their home in Peru.
Spawnderosa - For this new interpretive center on the Cowlitz River, we fabricated and installed a variety of interactive displays and wall graphics geared toward educating the public on the life cycle of salmon.
Survival of the Fishiest
This series of ultra-realistic fiberglass fish were hand-painted and weighted to mimic the look and feel of salmon during different stages of development.
Signs of the Red Warrior - Dillon Works! fabricated these 8-foot tall free-standing informational signs for the History Walking Path at the Choctaw Capitol Building in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma.
Nipi’ awashli-tok-asha (Chahta imanumpa ish anumpola hinla ho?)
The support posts are made of hand-peeled fir with mortise and tenon connections and the stretched “leather” sign panels are made of fiberglass with embedded graphics for durability and painted to look like authentic tanned hides.
Delightful Decomposition - While playing on this hollow log, kids can learn about how it "plays" an important part in nature’s cycle. All kinds of things live on, under and around decomposing logs.
For kids, learning is like falling off a log!
Various plants and creatures (including huge banana slugs) can be rearranged on Velcro “moss” on the outside of the log while playmates are exploring and crawling through this microcosm of nature.
This ain’t no Bouncy House! - Tired of inflatable ball pits that seem to be in every play area these days? Zoomazium is an educational, indoor, nature play space at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo that’s...
Playtime in this 5,500 sf environment includes crawling through a hollow log, climbing a mountain, and sliding down a 22-foot tall Strangler Fig tree.
Step into my Parlor… - Eye-catching graphics grab visitors’ attention, drawing them into Animal Avenue, an exhibit tailored for children ages 3 to 8 years old featuring a variety of kid-friendly interactives and animal exhibits.
...said the Antilles Pink-toed Tree Spider to the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
While the exhibit is geared toward young kids, its focus on families, homes and communities of interest to zoo visitors of all ages.
Size matters - It would require a huge building to show all of the balloon models in the same scale. So instead we made them each in a size that made sense.
Historical bags of wind
We also included scale human figures with each balloon to give visitors an accurate idea of their actual size.
Which came first? - In the toddler play area at Zoomazium, the most popular activity is the child sized egg. Kids can build the egg up around themselves and then “hatch” out of it.
Last one out is a rotten egg!
The egg has a soft rubbery surface so it’s perfectly safe. This is just one of many ways visitors can “learn through play” while visiting Zoomazium.
Poetry in Motion - Kids' Zone is a bright, colorful environment designed for the way children learn: through touch, exploration and movement. Here, children can explore the Magical Movement area where they can climb and move in ways that mimic how animals move.
The kids can then spy on live animals that move in very cool ways, such as wallabies, stingrays and millipedes.
Shopped! - We freely admit utilizing Photo-Shop as well as a variety of other tools and techniques to create these graphics.
It’s a long way to Madagascar…
But these kids only had to go as far as their local zoo for this photo-op with Ring-tailed Lemurs. Going with the vinyl graphics was wayyyy easier than getting the Lemurs to smile on cue.
Simon Says...Subterranean - The interior of a mountain climbing structure provides an excellent cave in which youngsters can explore. A built-in video monitor displays images of varying environments created by lava flows and other geological conditions.
Can you say spelology?
Colored lighting filters through translucent windows, varying from red to blue to enhance the environments depicted on the video.
SPF 1,500,000 - With this interactive museum exhibit visitors can feel the difference between natural and amplified warming at the museum.
When Paris Hilton saw it, she said “That’s Hot!”
The lights above represent the sun and its effect on our environment. Place your hand on the right side and you’ll notice it’s become noticeably hotter.
Untraditional Experience - Kid’s Zone is an interactive learning experience for young children at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington, and is unlike any traditional zoo exhibit.
In the ZONE
Kids can role-play in “Contact Junction”, hop on lily pads, fly like a bird, or “stick” like a gecko in the “Magical Movement Zone”-all in a colorful, whimsical setting.
Representin’ - These aluminum globes are each marked with various conditions so that visitors can explore additional impacts of climate change. Water resources, traditional cultures, health & disease, agriculture and eco systems are explained in this exhibit.
Globe, globe, globe, globe, globe
People tend to learn easier if it’s right in front of their face. Put something in front of them that they can spin, and you’ll have to drag them away from it. Science is fun!