exhibits:

 

Bandelier
National Monument

 
  Badlands National Park
  Bryce Canyon National Park
 

Crater Lake National Park

 
 

Cumberland Island
National Seashore

 
 

Fort Moultrie
National Monument

 
 

 LADPW Topo Map

 
 

Manassas National
Battlefield Park

 
 

Padre Island
National Seashore

 

 

  Santa Monica Mountains
National Recreation Area
 
 

Sebana Seca Naval Base

 
 

Shenandoah National Park

 
  The Washington Monument
  Wrangell -St. Elias
National Park & Preserve

Cumberland Island National Seashore
Saint Mary's, Georgia

This visitor center is on the coast at Saint Mary's, Georgia . You need to take a ferry there to get to this barrier island just off the coast called Cumberland Island National Seashore. Once home to the Carnegies, the island is now inhabited by a wide variety of flora & fauna including armadillo, deer, wild horses and turkey. It is truly a beautiful place. The project required me to go to the site and take lots of reference photos and gather materials to be used in the exhibits. Once again, thanks to Color-Ad, Inc. for everything.

My part of the project consisted of the following three exhibits:

Cross-section of a sand dune

This exhibit is intends to illustrate a cross-section of a sand dune showing the stabilizing effect of the rhizome root structure of the sea oats. Along with a simulated Oyster catcher's nest I used actual sea oats I gathered at the dunes to show how the roots surround and clump the sand, basically building and maintaining the protective dunes. The form was first carved from polystyrene foam and the surface is actual sand gathered onsite attached using polygem and thinned glues.
Approximate size is 36"H x 76"L x 12" D.

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Cross-section of a Loggerhead turtle nest

This exhibit is intended to illustrate a cross-section of the beach showing a Loggerhead turtle nest at various stages of hatching, with two hatchlings breaking the surface of the sand. The structure consists of carved polystyrene foam coated with sand, shells and debris collected onsite. The eggs are modified ping pong balls and the turtles are modified urethane casts painted with vinyl acrylics.
Approximate size is 36"H x 56"L x 18"D.

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Fiddler crab nest

This exhibit intends to show a fiddler crab burrow entrance as would be seen in the saltwater marshes on the west-side of the island. I painted the mural behind the diorama to give it a "crab's eye view" perspective. The surface consists of carved urethane foam with polygem embedded with shells and debris gathered onsite. Along with the simulated cord grass and actual periwinkles, the fiddler crab is a fully articulated painted cast made from an actual crab gathered onsite.

Approximate size of diorama is 26"H x 26"L x 9"D.

Approximate size of fiddler crab is .75"T x 2"W x 2"D.

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