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Giant 12-Foot-Wide CNC Routed Frogs Adapt to New Environment at Water Tower Place Shopping Mall

Shedd Aquarium asked Bridgewater Studio to take interactive “environmental” marketing in a whole new direction by using completely in-house 3D sculpting and CNC services to create giant frog sculptures in a lifelike lily pad suspension environment at the Water Tower Place Shopping Mall in Chicago.

The first step was to create a virtual representation of the creatures using a 3D solid model. After the digital modeling phase was completed, we then used our CNC router to do some 3D carving, at which point the carved pieces were reassembled and suspended 135-feet as completed models – no outsourcing at any point from designing and fabrication to the art installation itself.



As always, we owned the entire process to ensure optimal results:

  • 2D + 3D Visualization
  • Schematic Design 
  • Theme Design
  • 3D Sculpting Services
  • 3D Mesh + Surface Modelling
  • 3D CAD + Solid Modeling
  • CNC and Robotics Programming
  • Shop Drawing Services
  • Rigging Design
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Painting/Finishing
  • CNC + Robot machining
  • Foam Hard Coating
  • Project Estimation + Budgeting
  • Project Schedule Development
  • Project Management Services
  • Nationwide Installation Capabilities

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