They're Jellies, not JellyFISH - That's one of the first lessons we learned upon being commissioned to develop the design, fabricate and install The Jelly Swarm which hangs in the atrium of the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
The sculpture is comprised of more than 600 individually painted jellies in different shapes and textures, made of vacuum-formed polycarbonate. The colors shift in the sunlight and the jellies move gently with the currents of air.
Cubism – When the designers dreamt up this amazing concept, they knew who to call to make it a reality. The idea of walking amongst the cells of the human body was the talk of the tradeshow (and the exhibit awards circuit).
Oh, and you can walk inside...
Video projections, touch screens and a computer controlled light show told the story. The client could see the exhibit designer’s vision, and obviously - so could we.
Monster Truck Rally - This monstrous truck has just crashed through the wall of the asylum! How cool is that!? Made of coated foam over a steel armature, it didn't weigh nearly as much as the real thing.
Saturday Night - Be There!!!
Add flickering lights and thirty pounds of foam cinder blocks, and we've created magic! You can see the video of the process here.
Monolithic Monitor - This two-story setting comes alive with internally illuminated fissures and a mechanized compact disc.
Imagine this in your TV room!
We applied a "concrete" texture to a wood skin over a steel frame. With the seams hidden in the cracks and corners, you’d wonder -" how’d they get that thing in here?"
Give me a V! - We fabricated this huge V and sphere replicating the Vonage logo for a tradeshow exhibit.
Oh, and a big sparkly ball too
The V was built in sections to facilitate shipping, but the 8-foot diameter sphere is one piece of hollow molded fiberglass.
Rock Shox! - We made these mountain bikes out of clear acrylic. We added details like aquarium tubing for the brake cables and clear beads on monofilament for the chain.
We sweat the details to make our clients look cool.
It was a lot of work for something you can barely see, but it sure makes the client's shocks look great.
Top Notch - This award-winning exhibit further strengthened our reputation for quality, as well as cemented our relationship with our client. Wood cubes painted like cast concrete look just like the real thing. Topcon's entire booth looked like it was cast out of concrete.
NOT heavy construction
When we say "we rock", we mean concrete. When you are building a tradeshow booth for the construction industry, you need to use materials from their vocabulary.
Total Immersion - We built a square-tube metal frame for the large structures skinned in thin plywood and carved foam. We then coated the surfaces with hard polyurethane and added a decorative paint finish.
We used thin strips of Lexan woven back and forth and threaded over a stainless aircraft cable to fabricate an underwater forest of kelp blades.
Journey into inner space -The interior of this 20-foot square cube is lined with mirrors. We then created macro versions of human cells and other microscopic internal parts.
Like a trip: on acid
Using LEDs, projected video and a computer controlled sequencer we created a short show that went through its paces over and over all day. Let’s just say this exhibit was the talk of the tradeshow.
“We ape, we mimic, we mock. We act.” - Laurence Olivier - What could be more fun than a barrel full of monkeys? Ape Escape!!
”We design, we build, we ship. We install” – Dillon Works!”
We fabricated this larger-than-life three dimensional exhibit for Sony’s PlayStation booth at E3. They liked it so much, they asked us back again and again.
Ring-a-ding-ding! - This giant phone was placed in the Newark International Airport in New Jersey as part of the global ad campaign for the Mini Cooper car.
No Loonies, please.
For BMW's global launch of the new Mini Cooper, we used a variety of materials to create this ultra-realistic phone prop.
Nooo......LARGE newspaper machine! 7 feet, 6 inches of LARGE. For BMW's global ad campaign, everything else "seems a little too big".
Got a (big) quarter?
This over-sized newspaper machine was placed in LaGuardia airport in New York City. Made with aluminum, and painted with automotive paint, it even included oversized newspapers.
Ice, ice, baby - We created this large faux ice floor for a 007 Die Another Day exhibit at the Los Angeles auto show.
A cold reception
Made with a clear vinyl over a painted canvas, the edges were textured to resemble a partially melted broken ice edge.
Let it snow! - We made five 8-foot tall Hallmark snow globes for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Three of the globes have iridescent snow and a rotating 3D sculpture of a famous skater.
Hallmark of success
The other two are photo-opportunity globes inside which visitors to the Olympic Skaters Plaza may have their picture taken.
Hardware not Software
We coated carved foam with fiberglass and sanded the heck out of it then finished it with automotive paints. A vacu-formed roller and LEDs make it look as cool as the real thing.
Sparkly Sphere - This 9-foot diameter sculpture was fabricated with pieces of aluminum to resemble the body surface material of the new Jaguar. Each piece was brushed on one side and highly polished to a mirror finish on the other.
And that's a nice reflection on you
As air currents in the room animated the components, the sculpture shimmered and sparkled attracting quite a bit of attention to the exhibit. Isn't that why it was there?
Around the World at a glance - Visitors at the Boeing Customer Experience Center can look up at its domed entrance mural with lights indicating the locations of major cities of the world on a 360-degree map.
We painted the mural onsite
The center is unique, because of the compelling and dramatic way it showcases Boeing products and services as the better choice.
Welcome to Cyburbia - This "building" is a display featuring the game "Twisted Metal Black". Built with steel armatures skinned in wood and foam, it was then carved to look like an Insane Asylum.
One flew east, one flew west...
We built individual light boxes for the signage as well as each of the windows. Of course, the paint crew had their "creepy meter" set on high for this one.
Phillies Phanatics - Dillon Works developed the design, fabricated and installed the “Games of Baseball” in Ashburn Alley, a unique entertainment area at Citizen’s Bank Park.
What's all the Phuss?
This interactive area features a Phillies Fan Trivia video game, where players compete for prizes, a run-the-bases game with the Phillie Phanatic, and a "Ring 'Em Up" game where players throw baseballs at targets of a catcher.
Yikes! - We made this 36-foot Pterodactyl and video game kiosk for Sony's PlayStation booth. The Pterodactyl’s wings are spandex stretch fabric on a metal armature. This way it could be collapsed for shipping.
Hey! Come back here with that!
AAAghhhh! Imagine this sucker grabbing you by the throat and carrying you to a distant nest filled with squawking, meat-eating young! It’s a good thing they’re extinct.
In a World...(said like at the beginning of a movie trailer) - A 16-foot tall working waterfall in a tradeshow booth? Sure! How about with real water, but it has to appear like cartoon water? Sure! We made a translucent trough with a secret lighting effect behind it, and a fog effect in the foam at the bottom. Then we filled it up and turned on the recirculation pump.
Just add water
This 360 degree display included dimensional characters, inflatable dancing plants and illuminated rotating orbs. The flooring was painted like water in between platforms of cartoon grass.
PSP? - Sony asked for a 15-foot long hand held “Playstation Personal” one week before it was to be launched to market worldwide! That’s right; seven days! It doesn’t hurt to ask for the impossible. We told them “No”.
“No problem” that is. Due to the aggressive timeframe, we painted it on a custom wheeled frame, which allowed us to load it in the truck while the paint was drying. Smart, huh?
Shmoove, like buttah - This bas-relief sculpture of Jak and Daxter stands 10-feet tall, and certainly captures the cool composure of the hippest video game characters. The custom painted floor and internally illuminated portal and sign, complete his world.
Our team works with your team to make it happen! We can take an entire world and bring it to life. When it all comes together, it’s an awesome sales tool!