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Maryland: Mountains to Sea


at the National Aquarium in Baltimore


Occasionally, animal habitats in the aquarium require updates and maintenance, and boarded up exhibits pique the guests’ interest. With two exhibits being simultaneously renovated in the Maryland: Mountains to Sea exhibit, I was tasked with designing the construction walls to answer their questions while also representing the life hidden behind the walls. The tricky part was that the designs had to be cut from white vinyl.

To strike a compromise between keeping the animals recognizable while also limiting the amount of detail and cutting, I settled with creating silhouettes with fins, gills, mouths, and other features excised. In a pitch-black exhibition and the construction walls being painted a near-black blue themselves, the negativespace would fill all the necessary gaps against the white vinyl.

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