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SeaWorld Orlando, USA

Journey to Atlantis

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Ft. Belvoir, Virginia

National Museum of the US Army

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Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida

Sesame Safari of Fun

For over 25 years, our clients have trusted us to create extraordinary, award-winning experiences
specifically designed for their iconic global brands. Here are just a few examples:





The Grammy Museum

The Grammy MuseumLos Angeles, California

Celebrating the art and technology of recorded music, The Grammy Museum educates visitors on the enduring legacies of all those behind the creative process.  For the Museum, ThemeWorks created a larger-than-life Grammy Award finished with a durable automotive finish and clear coat. The cast fiberglass “soundproofing” panels were also fabricated for the “Produce a Record” interactive exhibit which allowed budding artists to put their own creative talents to the test.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project: The Grammy Museum
Designer: Gallagher and Associates
Client: Design & Production, Inc.
Size: 11,608 square feet ( 1,078 m²) of exhibit space
Photography: Jeremy Regenbogen, John Linden
Scope of Work: ThemeWorks fabricated the oversized Grammy Award of fiberglass with an automotive finish and clear coat.  We also produced the cast fiberglass "Soundproofing" panels for the booths in the "Produce A Record" interactive exhibit.  
National Center for Civil and Human Rights

National Center for Civil and Human RightsAtlanta, Georgia, US

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a powerful, emotional experience, not merely a destination. ThemeWorks’ contribution included a stylized recreation of the Freedom Bus, scenic vignettes, as well as an evocative presentation on the March on Washington where faux marble panels and text mimic that of the Lincoln Memorial. The Center offering visitors an interactive and detailed education on the history of the US Civil Rights Movement, while also providing a full exploration of human civil rights struggles throughout the globe.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Designer:  Rockwell Group
Client:  Design & Production, Inc.
Size:  18,000 square feet (1,672 m²)
Photography: Gene Phillips
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National Law Enforcement Museum

National Law Enforcement MuseumWashington, District of Columbia

Multiple uses of themed, faux finishes and architectural elements are found throughout the Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC.  Honoring the fallen, and telling the story of American law enforcement, the Museum features multiple interactive exhibits and displays.

Specifically, a themed fiberglass column was cladded, featuring weaponry used in law enforcement efforts. Prison cell doors were recreated to match those used from an actual prison in Virginia for visitors to experience true confinement of those accused or convicted. Precise sculpting was used to depict the damage caused on skulls from various assaults including, blunt force trauma, knife wounds and gunshot wounds.

The exhibits show the true cost and sacrifice of the otherwise unseen individuals who protect our society every day.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project: National Law Enforcement Museum
Designer: Christopher Chadbourne & Associates and Studio 647
Client: Design & Production, Inc.
Size: 18,000 square feet (1,672 m²) of exhibit space
Photography: Jay Rosenblatt
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National Shell Museum

National Shell MuseumSanibel, Florida

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Project:  National Shell Museum
Designer:  Tenji, Inc.
Client:  Tenji, Inc.
Size: ,000 sf ( m²) of total exhibit space
Photography:  Eric Dale
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US Army Corp of Engineers

US Army Corp of EngineersPort St. Lucie and Fort Myers, Florida

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Designer: Multimedia Marketing
Client: Multimedia Marketing
Size: x,000 square feet (836 m²)
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EdVenture Energy Tower

EdVenture Energy TowerColumbia, South Carolina

A 30-foot-high tower was designed and created to greet visitors to Columbia, South Carolina’s EdVenture Children’s Museum.   Featuring numerous recycled materials in its construction, The Energy Tower has two levels of interactive exhibits that focus on green energy generation as well as conservation.  The Tower has served as the ideal welcome piece for the Museum’s 67,000 square feet of interactive and educational exhibit space.



PROJECT DETAILS Project: EdVenture Energy Tower Designer: ThemeWorks, Inc. Client: EdVenture Children's Museum Size: 30' (9.14 m) in height Photography: LeGrand Photography Scope of Work: ThemeWorks provided complete turnkey design-build services for the interactive packed EdVenture Energy Tower.  Starting with schematic design, our team was responsible for the structure, decking, interior lighting, green energy interpretive exhibits featuring a wind turbine and solar panel, an energy conservation exhibit that demonstrated the differences in energy consumption of incandescent and fluorescent light sources, wall panels showcasing a variety of recycled and recyclable materials, an interactive station demonstrating the heat gain of various roofing materials, a themed "atom" whirl-a-gig, a weather monitoring station and a spiral slide to transport guests back to ground level from the upper section of the tower.
Airborne & Special Forces Museum

Airborne & Special Forces MuseumFayetteville, North Carolina

PROJECT DETAILS
Project: Airborne & Special Forces Museum
Designer: Design Minds
Client: Design & Production, Inc.
Size: 19,000 square feet (1,765 m²)
Photography: Design and Production, Inc.
Scope of Work: ThemeWorks worked closely with Design & Production to create an exhibit that would honor the proud history and tradition of the US Airborne and Special Forces. Working from historical references provided by the museum and our own reference library, ThemeWorks’ artists created full scale dioramas of various historic battles in which the Airborne & Special Forces played a key role. From the highly detailed scenes of an icy field from the Battle of the Bulge, to a war-torn French village, and a mission briefing tent in the Pacific Theater, our artists and muralists created realistically vivid environments against scenically painted backdrops to create a truly immersive experience for the visitor.
Budweiser “True” Sign

Budweiser “True” SignSan Diego, California

ThemeWorks worked with designer Elaine Swanger to create the icon for a Budweiser themed merchandise store inside the Sea World San Diego theme park.  Following Elaine’s artwork, ThemeWorks produced this fiberglass and aluminum sign that featured sculptural elements gilded with 24 karat gold that are mounted in front of a metallic sunburst panel.  When the sign catches the sun, it shimmers with a rich luster that only real gold possesses.  The sign exudes quality, luxury, and craftsmanship.
PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Budweiser "True" Sign
Designer:  Elaine Swanger
Client:  SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Size:  Approximately 3’ tall x 3’ wide (91 cm x 91 cm)
Photography: ThemeWorks, Inc.
Scope of Work:ThemeWorks provided technical design and fabricated the sign.  The sign is a combination of fiberglass and aluminum components finished with automotive paints and 24 karat gold leaf.
Chickasaw Cultural Center

Chickasaw Cultural CenterSulphur, Oklahoma

Widely recognized as one of the largest and most extensive tribal cultural centers in the United States, the Chickasaw Cultural Center celebrates the vision, resilience, and spirit of the Chickasaw Nation and  serves as a model for tribal centers around the world.

More than an exploration into First American history, the Center is rather an immersion into a formative and ongoing culture, rich in traditions that are to be preserved and protected.  In capturing the essence of the Chickasaw culture, the center allows visitors to walk through unforgettable experiences of individuals and families, their struggles and journeys, as this great nation fought to not only survive, but thrive.  We witness first hand the past and current contributions of the Chickasaw people to agriculture, art and society.

 
PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  The Chickasaw Cultural Center
Designer:  Hilferty and Andrew Merriell
Client:  The Chickasaw Nation
Size:  5,300 square feet (497 m²) of exhibit space
Photography:  LeGrand Photography
Scope of Work: ThemeWorks recreated a thatch and timber council house which serves as an orientation theater at the beginning of the museum experience.  At the conclusion of a short introductory film, the projection screen rises up revealing a hidden exit from the theater through a limestone cave. Visitors emerge from the cave into an ethereal forest representing the spiritual origins and homelands of the Chickasaw people.  Along the pathway that winds through towering trees and crosses a bubbling stream, visitors discover ancient tribal symbols, hear legends of the Chickasaw people, and maybe catch a glimpse of some of the Spirit Forest’s mystical inhabitants.  

ThemeWorks was responsible for the creating the immersive cave and Spirit Forest environment including the production of artificial rocks, terrain, plants, and trees, as well as sculptures, water features, and wall murals.  ThemeWorks worked with the AV team to incorporate special effects, A/V equipment, and theatrical lights into the physical environment. 

Following the Spirit Forest, visitors pass through a series of galleries where they learn more about the traditional life of the Chickasaw people and the history of the Chickasaw Nation from ancient through modern times. 
One particularly poignant gallery addresses the removal of the Chickasaw people from their traditional homelands by the United States government and their relocation to the Oklahoma Territory.  For this gallery, ThemeWorks was tasked with creating sculptures, silhouette panels, and wall murals capturing some of the hardships and emotions that the Chickasaw people faced during this difficult time.
National Museum of the United States Army

National Museum of the United States ArmyFort Belvoir, Virginia

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PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  National Museum of the United States Army
Designer:  Christopher Chadbourne & Associates, Eisterhold and Associates
Client:  Design & Production, Inc.
Size:  45,000 square feet (4,181 m²) of exhibit space
Photography:  Scott Metzler, Steven Rosen, Available Light
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Jamestown Settlement Museum

Jamestown Settlement MuseumJamestown, Virginia

Four hundred years after colonists from England first set foot on shore of the James River under the watchful and wary eyes of the native Powhatans, visitors to the Jamestown Settlement can explore the struggles that occurred at this confluence of river and sea, people and ideas.

As part of the team under prime contractor Design & Production, ThemeWorks created all dioramas, themed environments and scenic fabrication for the 30,000 square feet (2,787 m2) of Gallagher and Associates designed gallery space in the museum.

Working closely with Jamestown curators to ensure historical, archaeological and botanic fidelity, our team spent weeks in the estuaries and forests surrounding the James River molding trees, collecting soil samples and photographing details for reference during the fabrication process.

Incorporating these details into the exhibits such as a full-scale 1600s London street scene, a Powhatan forest village and a partial reproduction of the ship Susan Constant adds layers of realism and helps set the stage for the museum’s guests’ exploration of Jamestown’s complex and fascinating history.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project: Jamestown Settlement Museum
Designer: Gallagher and Associates
Client: Design & Production, Inc.
Size: 30,000 square feet (2787 m²) of exhibit space
Photography: LeGrand Photography
Scope of Work: ThemeWorks created all dioramas, themed environments, and scenic fabrication for the 30,000 square feet of gallery space in the new museum.

Notable scenic dioramas include a 17th century London street, a pre-European arrival Powhatan dwelling and surrounding environs, an Angolan dwelling, and a full scale replica of one of the first ships to arrive with settlers, the Susan Constant.

The London street scene features pegged timber construction and period plaster over lath, diamond light lead caned windows and authentic interior detailing such as linenfold panel wainscoting.

The Powhatan diorama is a realistic depiction of a wooded scene on the banks of the James River, featuring numerous artificial trees, shrubs, fabricated corn and bean plants and a simulated tidal creek.

The Angolan diorama features an authentic recreation of an Angolan stick and mud hut, a Baobab tree with seed pods and cultivated plants including corn, beans and manioc.

Other components included a hand-hewn oak tobacco barn complete with fabricated “hands” of tobacco, split-rail fencing, palisade fencing, numerous props, English bond brickwork and scenic painting on several facades.

Life cast figures, graphics, AV, casework, yehakin, and other components were produced by either the Owner or Design & Production.
North American River Otter Exhibit
Palm Beach Zoo

North American River Otter Exhibit
Palm Beach ZooPalm Beach, Florida

A slowly meandering river, lush vegetation and weathered timber create a rustic setting for the Palm Beach Zoo’s North American River Otter Exhibit.  ThemeWorks worked closely with PCL Construction and Torre Design Consortium to recreate the Florida of the early 1900s.  The popular award-winning exhibit is enjoyed by guests and otters alike.

Project Details
Project:  Palm Beach Zoo-  North American River Otter Exhibit
Designer:  Torre Design Consortium, Ltd.
Client:  PCL Construction Services, Inc.
Size: Approximately 1000 square feet (93 m²)
Photography:  Legrand Photography
Scope of Work:  ThemeWorks created the artificial environments for both the aquatic and terrestrial habitats in this recreation of a Florida riverbank.  Large “Sentinel Rocks” were sculpted on each side of the main tank and a highly detailed eroded mud bank was hand textured in shotcrete.  Artificial cypress trees were shop-fabricated in fiberglass to clad the cast concrete exhibit glazing structure. Small, artificial cypress “knees”, an aged waterwheel and log crib retaining walls added to the “Old Florida” theme.  
Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center

Ponce Inlet Marine Science CenterPonce Inlet, Florida

The Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center provides an exciting opportunity for visitors to the Daytona Beach / Volusia County area to explore and discover the local coastal habitat. Set among the scrub oaks just beyond the sand dunes, the Marine Science Center offers one of the most elaborate exhibits of its size in Florida.  Guests to the Marine Science Center are guided through the more than 4,000 square feet of turtle rehabilitation, lab, classroom, and interpretive exhibits.

ThemeWorks provided design consultation and fabrication of all the exhibits, dioramas, graphics, and murals.  ThemeWorks worked closely with the exhibit designer, the client and several biological experts to recreate naturalistic Florida coastal environments.

Project Details
Project: Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center
Designer: Bellomo-Herbert & Company, Inc.
Client: Volusia County, Florida
Size: Approximately 4000 square feet (372 m²)
Photography: Legrand Photography
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Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems ExhibitFort Pierce, Florida

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PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit
Designer: Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit / ThemeWorks, Inc.
Client: Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit
Size:  100 square feet (9.29 m²) of exhibit space
Photography:  LeGrand Photography
Scope of Work: ThemeWorks was contracted by the Smithsonian Institution to design and fabricate an educational exhibit featuring a full scale recreation of an Oculina reef. To ensure maximum authenticity, ThemeWorks created molds of hundreds of Oculina fragments supplied by the Smithsonian. The 3”–5” fragments were then carefully assembled by ThemeWorks artists into dense, intricate coral heads. Since the coal heads would be within reach of visitors, steel pins were used to reinforce each joint. Seams were filled and hand-sculpted, and the corals were meticulously painted to match the research material provided by the Smithsonian and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.
Upcountry History Museum

Upcountry History MuseumGreenville, South Carolina

The busy streets of a turn-of-the-century mill town spring to life in South Carolina’s Upcountry History Museum. Based on a design by Christopher Chadbourne, ThemeWorks crafted period facades and groundforms to recreate the fabric of early Upcountry life.

From the grand, colonnaded courthouse to the mill that was the lifeblood of this 15-county area, the 9,000-square-foot space weaves the Upcountry’s “common threads and uncommon stories” into a compelling experience. Period details in each structure delight both casual and discerning museum visitors, who come to discover the personalities, cultures, and spirit of the region.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project: The Upcountry History Museum
Designer: Christopher Chadbourne and Associates
Client: Explus, Incorporated
Size: 9,000 square feet (836 m²)
Photography: Cox Photography
Scope of Work: ThemeWorks created seven scenic period building facades, select groundforms and scenic painting for the museum. The facades included The Courthouse, Bank, Mill Tower, Mill, Mansion House, McBee Store and Church. The façade work was installed directly on to facility sheetrock walls.
WonderWorks Orlando

WonderWorks OrlandoOrlando, Florida, US

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PROJECT DETAILS
Project: WonderWorks Orlando
Designer: Terry Nichoson, Nichoson Design International
Client: Attraction Concepts, Ltd.
Size: 9,000 square feet (836 m²)
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Scope of Work: ThemeWorks themed the entire first floor of this unique attraction, including the upside-down grand lobby. Based on a science experiment gone awry, the grand lobby was designed as a Greek Revival style building that had been deposited upside down on a brick warehouse. Using standard construction materials, ThemeWorks fabricated the forced perspective grand lobby as a “hanging set,” actually suspending it in the air. Theming the brick warehouse to appear as if it had “received” the grand lobby, ThemeWorks fabricated and themed distressed faux I-beams and trusses as bent and twisted warehouse roof supports. The flooring is a custom tile and the walls are a faux brick veneer, all scenically treated to give the warehouse a weathered appearance.
Cabela’s Owatonna

Cabela’s OwatonnaOwatonna, Minnesota

Upon entering Cabela’s 150,000 square foot Owatonna retail store, you are immersed in the grandeur of outdoor sport.  Soaring timber trusses, warm colored woods, and natural stone create a “North Woods Lodge” look and an exciting retail environment.

Highly detailed aquarium environments, fabricated by ThemeWorks, are home to numerous northern game fish and provide additional motivation for sportsmen gearing up for their expeditions.  Every element in the artificial environments was created with a urethane plastic rockwork system which provides incredible realism, durability, and fast installation.

Scale models were created for each tank environment by the ThemeWorks team to provide reference during fabrication.  The complete tank environments were prefabricated in out Florida facility using the light weight FUTURA material.  This material allowed the scenery to be easily cut into sections and transported to site for a quick installation.   The entire installation was completed in eight days.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project: Cabela’s Owatonna Retail
Designer: Mr. Robb Zimmerman, Cabela’s Inc.
Client: Entertainment Environments, Inc. for Cabela’s Inc.
Size: 150,000 sf (13,935 m²) store. Aquariums total approx. 3,000 sf (279 m²)
Photography: Robert Starling, Starling Productions
Scope of Work: ThemeWorks created complete theming for two aquariums, including artificial rockwork, artificial logs, trees and stumps. Additional logs, stumps and dock pilings were provided for two other aquariums. All elements were created with urethane which provided high detail capture and zero chemical leaching into the tanks.
Eddie
EdVenture Children’s Museum

Eddie
EdVenture Children’s Museum

It’s fun to be a kid! And few places celebrate the childhood joys of wonder and discovery more than Edventure Children’s museum in Columbia, South Carolina. As the largest children’s museum in the South, EdVenture is also home to the “World’s Largest Child”- EDDIE®.

EDDIE is a 40’ (12.19m) tall boy that kids of all ages love to explore! Learning about the human body (inside and out) has never been this much fun! You can crawl through, climb up and slide down through Eddie, and even bounce around inside of his stomach. Created to celebrate the diversity of all people of South Carolina, Eddie serves as the entrance icon for the museum.

ThemeWorks designed, built and installed EDDIE® in nine months. Working from a conceptual design from The Haizlip Firm, LLC, our artisans sculpted Eddie in fiberglass, disassembled him and shipped the components to the museum site on flatbed trucks. At the site, he was reassembled and final finish paints were applied.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project: Eddie Play Structure
Designer: The Haizlip Firm
Client: EdVenture Children’s Museum
Size: 40’-0” (12.19m²) tall play sculpture
Photography: LeGrand Photography
Scope of Work: ThemeWorks provided design/build fabrication services for this 40’-0” tall interactive sculpture of a boy, including the structural steel supports, play structure, interactive exhibits, special lighting, sound effects, sculpting, and installation. Conceptualized by the Haizlip Firm and EdVenture as “the world’s largest child,” Eddie is a 17.5 ton hands-on exhibit that allows children of all ages to explore the human body. Kids can scale up Eddie’s vertebrae to get an up-close look at his brain and continue down through his body, exploring the heart and stomach before sliding out through the intestines. With a schedule of only nine months, the ThemeWorks team fabricated Eddie in our facility in sections and then re-assembled him onto structural steel supports at the site.
Uncovering Virginia
Virginia Museum of Natural History

Uncovering Virginia
Virginia Museum of Natural HistoryMartinsville, Virginia

At the Virginia Museum of Natural History, visitors are transported back 300 million years to a time when giant dragonflies, salamanders and centipedes populated the state. That’s the magic of “Uncovering Virginia,” one of the exhibits ThemeWorks fabricated for this Martinsville, Virginia attraction.

Through interactive displays and dynamic environments, ThemeWorks – with designers Reich and Petch and exhibit contractor Design & Production – recreates places and eras of Virginia’s dynamic natural history. ThemeWorks also crafted the “How Nature Works: Rocks” exhibit, with geologic replicas, models of tectonic movement, even a translucent model of an active volcano.

Across 15,000 square feet of exhibit space, visitors come to understand the epic forces that shaped Virginia’s natural environment, as well as the keys to protecting it.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project: Uncovering Virginia and How Nature Works
Designer: Reich and Petch
Client: Design & Production, Inc.
Size: 15,000 square feet (1,393 m2) of exhibit space
Photography: Jay Rosenblatt
Scope of Work:  As the primary scenic fabricator, we worked with the exhibit prime contractor, Design & Production, Inc. to create all the scenic dioramas and select exhibit components.  These included a simulated coal seam and coal bed display which was molded in the field, a coal swamp scene featuring recreated lycopods and other ancient plants, a highly realistic Solite Quarry diorama with modeled artificial rockwork and plants, fossil “books”, a trash pit reproduction, a fossil-intensive Chippokes cliff face reproduction, a see-through model of a volcano with animated light magma chambers, and large dimensional models of three plate tectonic conditions.
Polar Bear Plunge
San Diego Zoo

Polar Bear Plunge
San Diego ZooSan Diego, California

ThemeWorks brought the Arctic to sunny California in the Polar Bear Plunge, a 4,000-square-foot exhibit space. Work on the interpretive exhibit included preparing a Bell 206 B3 Expedition Helicopter as an outdoor attraction by modifying it for ADA access, structurally reinforcing and weatherproofing it, and adding a new paint scheme. ThemeWorks created three oversized storybooks with fourteen sculpted and reinforced concrete log seats, adding to the interactive experience. Two refrigerators with food were fabricated to simulate how much a polar bear eats in a day. A scale allowed visitors to see how many humans it takes to equal the weight of just one of these massive animals, and an 850-square-foot replica of a Polar Bear snow den allowed guests to explore their homes. Research props including crates, radio collars, laptops, and radio headsets along with two interactive tables focusing on conservation and the melting polar caps gave a window to the importance of studying, understanding, and educating others on this critical part of our world.
PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Polar Bear Plunge, San Diego Zoo
Designer: Ben Meza, AIA, Mosher Drew Watson Ferguson Architects , San Diego
Client:  The San Diego Zoo
Size:  4,000 square feet (372 m²) of exhibit space
Photography:  Kevin Walsh
Scope of Work:  Our work for this interpretive exhibit included preparing a Bell 206 B3 Expedition Helicopter as an outdoor exhibit by modifying it for ADA access, structurally reinforcing it, weatherproofing it, and applying a new paint scheme. We created three oversized, interactive illustrated storybooks, fourteen sculpted reinforced concrete log seats, two refrigerators with food simulating how much a polar bear eats in a day, a sculpted totem pole, a scale interactive that allows guests to see how many of them it takes to equal the weight of a single polar bear, an 850 sf Polar Bear Snow Den that guests can explore, a sculpture of a seal, Spin-the-Dial Interactive, research props (crated, radio collars, laptop computer, radio headsets, etc.), two interactive tables with melting polar ice caps, Carbon Scale and Carbon Graph interactive, Conservation Wall exhibit and graphics throughout the exhibit.
Lyonia Environmental Center

Lyonia Environmental CenterDeltona, Florida

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PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Lyonia Environmental Center
Designer:  ThemeWorks, Inc.
Client:  ?
Size:  00 square feet ( m²) of exhibit space
Photography:  ?LeGrand Photography
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Hall of Human Origins
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Hall of Human Origins
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural HistoryWashington, DC

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PROJECT DETAILS
Project: Hall of Human Origins, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Designer: Reich + Petch
Client: Design & Production, Inc.
Size: 15,000 square feet (1,394 m²) of exhibit space
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Treasures of Poseidon Icon
Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Treasures of Poseidon Icon
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida

ThemeWorks worked with Eric Jany, Art Director for UIOA’s Lost Continent to create the icon at the entrance to the Treasures of Poseidon Gift Shop.  Based on a David Carter Design Associates design,the piece was sculpted in fiberglass and hand finished with over seven coats of paint to achieve depth and luster. The finished sculpture measures approximately seventeen feet (5.2m) from end to end.Poseidon’s tail penetrates “through” the wall and continues into the interior, curving high up into the dome over guests' heads.  
PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Treasures of Poseidon Icon
Designer:  David Carter & Associates
Client:  Design Communications, Ltd.
Size:  17' (5.2 m) in Length
Photography:  Doug Scaletta
Scope of Work:  ThemeWorks provided turnkey fabrication services for the iconic marquee.  This included shop drawings, structural engineering, sculpting, composite casting, a faux-patina bronze finish, internally illuminated "push-through" lettering and installation.
Jurassic Park Fossil Panels
Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Jurassic Park Fossil Panels
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida

Frozen in time, the bones, teeth and claws of Jurassic Park’s fossil panels reveal a lost world in three-dimensional detail.

ThemeWorks’ artists, sculptors and painters collaborated with Art Director John Leimanis to create twenty-two panels for the attraction at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. With painstaking attention to prehistoric accuracy, the team hand-sculpted the fossil panels and surrounding rock matrix.The result, cast in fiberglass then hand-painted and stained, brings echoes of the Jurassic to the midst of Universal Orlando.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Jurassic Park Fossil Panels
Designer:  Mr. John Leimanis, Art Director
Client:  Universal Creative
Size:  22 fossil panels and buttresses up to 6’-0” x 6’-0”
Photography:  Doug Scaletta
Scope of Work:  Capturing every detail of fossilized bone and rock, ThemeWorks fabricated 22 fiberglass fossil panels created from reference photos of actual fossil finds.

To ensure prehistorical accuracy, ThemeWorks worked closely with Universal Studios Art Director, John Leimanis, to fabricate fossil panels that were truly representative of actual fossils.

Our artists developed renderings of each panel, showing the fossil layout and how the panels would integrate with the adjacent architecture.Our sculptors painstakingly hand-sculpted each fossil and the surrounding rock matrix to ensure no details were overlooked. We then molded each panel with a material that captured every detail of the sculpts and then cast them in fiberglass for scenic treatment. Each panel was realistically hand painted with staining and washes of color to replicate the numerous photo references the original designs were based upon.
Mars Traveling Exhibit
Ripley’s Aquariums

Mars Traveling Exhibit
Ripley’s AquariumsGatlinburg, TN and Myrtle Beach, SC

There’s life on Mars!  At least there is when venturing into the 2,400 square feet of space ThemeWorks helped create for the Ripley’s “MARS: The Search for Life” Traveling Exhibit.

Bridging what we know and what we imagine, the Mars exhibit combines science with science fiction and even a bit of Hollywood, in an educational exhibit that is interactive at every turn.

ThemeWorks created a highly detailed , enhanced topographical model of Mars as the center of the exhibit.  A digital floor scale calibrates visitors’ weight, while an interactive “time machine” calculates their age on the red planet. Specific exhibits on gravity, wind power and water flow allow visitors to explore the many evolutionist theories on the question of life on Mars.

Truly an experience for all ages, wall displays, hands-on activities and video presentations educate and inform while an imposing green Martian sparks imagination.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Mars Traveling Exhibit, Ripley's Aquariums
Designer:  Hammer Media
Client: Ripley's Entertainment, Inc.
Size: 2,500 square feet (232 m²) of exhibit space
Photography: LeGrand Photography
Scope of Work:ThemeWorks provided comprehensive fabrication services for this traveling exhibit that explores the planet Mars.  Our work included building all walls, dioramas, interactives, models, and scenic fabrication. Interactive exhibits included "Weigh-In on Mars", a weight lift interactive, an "Earth Age vs. Mars Age Time Machine", simple mechanical orbital models of the Earth and Mars, a water exhibit, model Mars Rovers controlled by guests, a "Terrain Making" interactive which showed how the Martian landscape formed, "Now and Then" interactive quizzes, a Mars Flag Plant photo opportunity interactive, and an actual meteor with display mounting.
50th Anniversary Icon
Sea World Orlando

50th Anniversary Icon
Sea World OrlandoOrlando, Florida

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of SeaWorld Parks, ThemeWorks fabricated individual icons for SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Diego.  The over 20-foot tall creations were engineered to withstand hurricane force winds and provided the perfect backdrop for guest photos at the iconic parks.

PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  50th Anniversary Icon
Designer:  Deep Blue Creative
Client:  SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Size:  400 square feet (37 m²)
Photography:  LeGrand Photography
Scope of Work:  ThemeWorks provided complete design, engineering, fabrication and installation of the Icons.  The icons were primarily fabricated from aluminum, acrylic, and aluminum.
Pirates!,
Ripley’s Aquariums

Pirates!,
Ripley’s AquariumsGatlinburg, TN and Myrtle Beach, SC

Pirates! Predators of the Sea! Traveling Exhibit
ThemeWorks provided comprehensive fabrication services for this traveling exhibit that examines the history and colorful personalities of Piracy.

Our work included building all walls, dioramas, interactives, pirate figures, and scenic fabrication.  All skeletal pirate figures were sculpted with an internal steel armature to ensure durability with over two million anticipated exhibit guests.  The Wapping Tide exhibit features carved stonework and a hanging gibbet cage photo opportunity, which our blacksmith constructed and welded by hand.  The partial ship deck of a pirate sloop was hand-crafted to appear as hand-hewn oak, including the knees, planks, beams, ribbing, and cannon ports.  The ship deck features replica 4-pounder cast-iron cannons with hand-crafted wood carriages, tools and ordinance, displays of authentic medical tools and weaponry, living quarters and period lanterns.  Exhibit interactives include a hidden treasure stash, quizzes with dagger handles, hard tack interactive with weevils, crate crawl-through with revealed cargo, navigate by astrolabe interactive, spyglass interactive and cannon port interactive.   

PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Pirates! Traveling Exhibit
Designer:  Hammer Media
Client:  Ripley's Entertainment, Inc.
Size:  2,500 square feet (232 m²) of exhibit space
Photography:  Gary Heatherly
Scope of Work: ThemeWorks provided comprehensive fabrication services for this traveling exhibit that examines the history and colorful personalities of Piracy. Our work included building all walls, dioramas, interactives, pirate figures, and scenic fabrication. All skeletal pirate figures were sculpted with an internal steel armature to ensure durability with over two million anticipated exhibit guests. The Wapping Tide exhibit features carved stonework and a hanging gibbet cage photo opportunity, which our blacksmith constructed and welded by hand. The partial ship deck of a pirate sloop was hand-crafted to appear as hand-hewn oak, including the knees, planks, beams, ribbing, and cannon ports. The ship deck features replica 4-pounder cast-iron cannons with hand-crafted wood carriages, tools and ordinance, displays of authentic medical tools and weaponry, living quarters and period lanterns. Exhibit interactives include a hidden treasure stash, quizzes with dagger handles, hard tack interactive with weevils, crate crawl-through with revealed cargo, navigate by astrolabe interactive, spyglass interactive and cannon port interactive.
Mako
Sea World Orlando

Mako
Sea World OrlandoOrlando, Florida

Working as part of an integrated team of PGAV architects, SeaWorld Creative, and SeaWorld Animal Husbandry, ThemeWorks played a key role from concept through creation of this extraordinary experience.  Every aspect of the scene is designed to immerse the visitor in the underwater realm of the shark.  Suspended “wave canopies” including metal shark sculptures up to 12 feet in length, fabricated, stylized corals, scenic paint. Precise planning and design coordination was crucial in the development of the Sunken Ship and coral rock work as coaster riders were literally plunged into the depths of the decaying ship.  The entire experience is complemented by specially created educational interactives and interpretive exhibits which provide valuable opportunities for guests to uncover the mysteries of the shark and dispel the many myths and fears surrounding these amazing creatures.  

PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Mako, SeaWorld Orlando
Designer:  PGAV
Client:  SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Size:  2 acres (.81 ha)
Photography:  LeGrand Photography
Scope of Work: ThemeWorks served as the theming contractor for the land and, in conjunction with the project team, provided comprehensive design-build services for the themed elements.  These included the "Water Canopy" overhead sculptural elements, metal shark sculptures featuring various species of sharks, thematic paint and texturing of building surfaces and ride supports, the iconic shipwreck and coral sculpture integrated with the ride track, sunken ship props such as portholes, watertight bulkheads, pipes, and grilles, gift shop theming, educational interpretive and interactive exhibits, and all themed signage throughout the land.
Knight Bus
Universal Studios Florida

Knight Bus
Universal Studios FloridaOrlando, Florida

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PROJECT DETAILS
Project: Knight Bus at Diagon Alley
Designer: Universal Creative
Client: Universal Creative
Size: 20' (6.1m) tall
Photography: LeGrand Photography
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Safari of Fun
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Safari of Fun
Busch Gardens Tampa BayTampa, Florida

As the theming contractor for the project, ThemeWorks worked with Suzanne Sessions Inc. and PGAV architects to transform an existing space into the single most recognizable and beloved street in America. The Sesame Safari of Fun features rides, wet and dry play areas, musical venues, educational interactives, and memory-making photo opportunities throughout 2.5 acres.  ThemeWorks rebranded all existing signage, and rides including the intricate Carousel, with new Sesame Street elements. Murals were created, all guest-facing buildings were rethemed and the “treehouse” re-themed by ThemeWorks to create the iconic experience of Sesame Street and its adored inhabitants.

As the theming contractor for the project, ThemeWorks worked with Suzanne Sessions Inc. and PGAV architects to transform an existing space into a safari-themed adventure with the beloved Sesame Street family. The Sesame Safari of Fun features rides, wet and dry play areas, musical venues, educational interactives, and memory-making photo opportunities throughout 2.5 acres.  ThemeWorks created all new signage, and rebranded the rides including the intricate Carousel, with new Sesame Street, safari-themed elements. Murals were created, all guest-facing buildings were themed, and the “treehouse” was refurbished by ThemeWorks to create an iconic experience of Sesame Street, safari-style.


PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Safari of Fun, Busch Gardens Tampa
Designer:  Suzanne Sessions
Client:  Busch Entertainment Corporation
Size:  2.5 acres (1.01 ha)
Photography:  Rob Witzel Photography
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Forest of Fun
Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Forest of Fun
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia

In the Sesame Street Forest of Fun, characters and landscapes spring from our imagination into three dimensions. Based on designs by Suzanne Sessions, Inc., and PGAV architects, the Forest of Fun invites families into the world of Sesame Street through an immersive 9,500-square-foot attraction.

Scenic flats, characters, building facades and signage set the stage in a themed environment that extends through wet and dry play areas, four rides and interactive educational exhibits – combining fun and learning in a real-life version of childhood’s most beloved neighborhood.  

PROJECT DETAILS
Project: Sesame Street Forest of Fun
Designer: PGAV, Suzanne Sessions, Inc.
Client: Busch Entertainment Corp.
Size: 1.5 acres (.6 ha)
Photography: Rob Witzel
Scope of Work:  ThemeWorks served as the thematic contractor for Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2009 expansion, Sesame Street Forest of Fun.  Covering 95,000 square feet, the Forest of Fun combines rides, wet and dry play areas, a 4-D film, musical shows, educational interactives and character dining and photo-ops in an immersive themed environment.     Working from designs created by Suzanne Sessions, Inc. and PGAV architects, ThemeWorks delivered a complete theming package for the park’s expansion.  The ThemeWorks team fabricated large scenic flats to create Sesame themed building facades, sculpted dimensional characters, scenically painted the area’s buildings to augment the Sesame look and feel, painted the themed signage and created the Sesame themed interactive educational exhibits in the ride queue lines.
Jurassic Park Thatch Roofing
Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Jurassic Park Thatch Roofing
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida

When Universal Orlando’s creative team needed a 21st-century version of a thatched roof for its "Jurassic Park" attraction, they turned to ThemeWorks.

Thatched roofing was key to recreating the blockbuster movie’s dinosaur theme park, but traditional thatching is highly flammable and requires frequent maintenance. ThemeWorks’ solution was a new, laboratory-tested artificial thatch system that’s proven to withstand fire, water and hail while realistically evoking the look of a thatched roof.

ThemeWorks fabricated and installed more than 20,000 feet of the material throughout the attraction at Universal’s Islands of Adventure for a look that’s both timeless and high-tech.

PROJECT DETAILS:
Project: Universal’s Islands of Adventure: Jurassic Park – Artificial Thatch Roofing
Designer: Mr. Ted Hunter, Architect
Client:  Keenan, Hopkins, Schmidt & Stowell Contractors
Size: Approximately 20,000 square feet (1,858 m²) of roof
Photography: Doug Scaletta
Scope of Work:  The buildings in the Jurassic Park area of Universal’s Islands of Adventure were designed with thatch roofs to recreate the look and feel of the movie, however, maintenance and durability concerns prohibited the use of natural thatch on such a large scale.  Universal’s creative team was dissatisfied with the artificial thatch materials commercially available at the time and put out a call for a new approach.

After presenting a concept and mock-up, ThemeWorks was contracted to produce a prototype that would withstand fire, water, hail, and wind testing to comply with Florida Building codes.  Following successful completion of the tests, ThemeWorks fabricated and installed more than 20,000 square feet of artificial thatch roofing in the new attraction.

Journey to Atlantis
SeaWorld Orlando

Journey to Atlantis
SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida

A lavishly themed attraction based upon the fabled lost city, Journey to Atlantis rewards guests with a pulse-pounding flume/coaster ride and a scenically rich setting of vibrant colors and rich architecture.

ThemeWorks was contracted to provide complete theming for the Gift Shop and Aquarium Display buildings.  Working from Suzanne Sessions, Inc. drawings, we created faux-marble fiberglass column wraps (enclosing structural steel columns), simulated stone trim around doors and aquariums, faux wood and bronze doors, bas-relief pediments and painted the entire exterior walls and trim with murals and scenic aging.  Simulated ancient fresco murals were painted on every interior wall and the gift shop dome was painted with a french enamel process. Journey to Atlantis won a THEA award for the best new themed attraction.


PROJECT DETAILS
Project:  Journey to Atlantis
Designer:  Suzanne Sessions, Inc.
Client:  Suitt Construction Company
Size:  6 acres (2.4 ha)
Photography: LeGrand Photography
Scope of Work: > The venue immerses guests in a fantasy world of vibrant colors and visually rich textures inspired by ancient Greek and Minoan motifs.  ThemeWorks fabricated and installed architectural elements including faux marble columns, carved stone pediments, and brass inlaid trim.   On site work included sculpted plaster sea walls, scenic painting of the exterior and interior, frescos, and enamel painting on the domed ceiling. The project received a THEA award for Best New Themed Attraction, the industry’s highest honor. ThemeWorks created all interior theming including the faux marble columns, simulated stone door and aquarium surrounds, faux wood and bronze doors, interior fresco murals, interior trim, french enamel painted dome, and pediments.  Exterior work included all EIFS trim, a fiberglass pediment, hand-carved cement plaster sea walls, exterior murals and scenic paint.

The trials and tribulations of our startup years shaped the foundation of who we are today. These early lessons and values were imprinted to our company's DNA and sowed the seeds for future success.

At the same time we're creating these unique experiences, we're also building something just as exciting... ... A deep and talented team!

At the same time we're creating these unique experiences, we're also building something just as exciting...

...And grow we do, creating environments for: SeaWorld Orlando, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Cabela's, and several others in quick succession.

We purchase the building we've been leasing for a year- an old tobacco auction warehouse. It's large interior area, the size of a football field, allows us plenty of room to grow...

We're selected to create the Brookfield Zoo's Living Coast exhibit- The world's largest urethane rockwork project and a great challenge for our fledgling team.

Our first project! We created the faux limestone main entrance signs for the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

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Our first project! We created the faux limestone main entrance signs for the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

We're selected to create the Brookfield Zoo's Living Coast exhibit- The world's largest urethane rockwork project and a great challenge for our fledgling team.